Specify audio level for selection

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Recently discovered with Camtasia 2018 I can't take selected audio and type 100%. Instead I have to drag the level line up or down and in doing so I can't hit exactly 100%.  I get 99% or 106%.  This is dumb when I'm trying to fade up from 7% to 100% I should be able to select the audio between the set points and type the level I want.  I should also be able to right click on the audio point to type the level I want.  This would make working with audio in this application much better.  Overall I find the audio controls in Camtasia to be sorely lacking to meet even basic needs of video production.
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smccartney

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There actually is a setting for audio, in the properties panel, and it is by default set to 100%.  You can use a slider, or type in a value.

But, your issue goes deeper that that, as "100%" is relative -- to the level of the source.

If you have a file that has the audio recorded with a low signal level, then 100% is not what you want -- something higher is.

But, if you record at a hot level without clipping, then 100% can make sense.

The use of the existing feature of dynamic leveling (compression) on a clip is really a great way to achieve a "strong" sound, and you can use custom settings to add additional gain on the clip if you wish, but it is not an "automatic", one-setting scenario.  To be honest, audio rarely is a one-setting affair, unless the source is properly recorded, and proper eq, compression and/or limiting.

Bottom line, a limiter function with auto-gain is what you are asking for, but one setting of a percentage alone is not a solution without dealing with the level of the original source material.