"What do you consider to be 'level set just right' for the converters? In real numbers dbFS. Are you blasting the input to the A/D?"
hot as possible without clipping my converters.... looks good on my tracks within the program too, the fatter the better, just no clipping....
"Another, although far less likely, cause could be an impedance mismatch due to splitting the signal. I don't know how you are actually going about doing that. Could you provide further clarity upon this? And, just to be extra clear, is the problem that you are maxing out the headroom in the channel; or is it there is still headroom (judging from the metering) yet the sound is distorted?"
i'm just using a standard y cable to split the signal. the channel is clipping on the red light indicator and audibly, i did not solo the channel to check the meters.
"Are you using the Ghost for mixing duties in addition to the monitoring chores that it is currently performing? "
yes, i am monitoring previously recorded tracks (and so are the guys recording) in my mix b path, along with monitoring the live signal that is clipping.