So I'm dabbling with acoustic tones, and Darren pointed out that you can adjust phasing issues by checking waveforms, aligning peaks, and stuff like that (which is beside the point of my post, actually).
Here's an acoustic track in Reaper. The top track is direct from the preamp in my Martin, and the bottom is the same recording from a condenser mic in front of the sound hole. One take, two tracks.
The condenser WF is a lot different, and it's a lot lower output, though the track volume is peaking at the same on both. What's my best course of action here? It seems to me like I need to make the actual mic input hotter, but I don't necessarily want to make it louder.
Setup for the mic is just a MXL condenser -> Presonus Bluetube -> MOTU into Reaper. Setup for the preamp is a straight cable to my interface, somewhat coiled around a glass of scotch.
I personally wouldn't be too concerned about WF appearances. I'd use my ear.
That said, just looking at that, my first instinct would be to either normalize, or use a volume envelope. Of course, you could up preamp gain/output to match WF peaks, and then use a volume envelope later if the track is too hot.