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Based on the concept of Unity in a gain chain, if you set the levels properly at the output of the analog mixer, then they should be fine coming into the software after the A/D conversion. As long as you don't clip the digital input, you can adjust levels internally on an audio timeline, so it is always better to err on the side of too little rather than too much.
Digital maximum is -20 dB which is equivalent to 0 dB VU in the analog world. This provides sufficient headroom to avoid clipping in most circumstance.
Try a few different levels and see what works best for your needs.
Harm and William I appreciate your replies to my problem.
It baffles me why any NLE manufacture would not provide for audio control prior to as well as during capture as part of the software package. I used to use a Leitch's Velocity software in conjunction with their own real time capture board for windows and that had real time audio capture control. Unfortunately, that capture board would only capture to SCSI drives.
Adjusting audio levels was acceptable in the analog era, but not in the digital era. It is impossible to adjust a digital transfer of data.
Actually, Audio meters during capture is a popular and reasonable request. Not so you can adjust the levels digitally during capture, but so you can adjust them at the source. This is mostly for analog sources where audio output can be adjusted as it plays. If there we meters during capture, then the anlog output could be adjusted to be the right level.
There are third party Meters that serve this purpose but if it was important..one could also capture the analogue audio via Audition and use the REC meters.