How can you adjust gain just below the audio clipping level?

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Is there a way to tell when the audio is clipping, short of hearing the problem or seeing the distortion of the audio wave? Is there a clipping line that you should aim to be below when adjusting the audio level of a track of the gain control? I am using Camtasia 9 on Windows.
    It would be great if Camtasia added a red line to the audio track that showed the clipping level.
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not that I know of

I rarely run into clipping; for me, looking at the waveform will show when clipping is occurring
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Use an audio editing program like Audacity or GoldWave to do your final audio mix. Keep levels way below  top border of Camtasia display until that mix/master is created. Pull it back in and mute all other audio tracks for a finished product. Sadly Camtasia (even 2018) uses 16 bit audio, so there's less headroom to play with after edits.

BTW - In general it is a bad idea to run digital audio to "just below clipping" levels. So many things can go wrong there and with the presentation side trans coding equipment, etc.  Also, unlike tape or tubes you don't need to go there with digital recordings.

So, may I suggest DON'T DO IT ;-)