i just got some new recording gear and it came with cubase but when i try to record any audio the sound comes out distorted, no matter what i try i can't adjust the levels, any help would be appreciated

things i've tried

-adjusting the input levels on the soundcard (tascam us-144)
Quote by Tiksi
people who think that the tuning peg things have to be straight. I went to the bathroom once, I come back, and my friend detunified my guitar, and then asked why it sounded weird. ARGG!!!