Originally Posted by Nystagmus
Pre-FX channel input trims, preferably little tiny knobs with precision input levels (perhaps with direct data entry) similar to a hardware console... that would be nice. When I need to turn down what's flowing into a ton of VST effect chains on all channels, the channel faders are of no use currently (but the automation pre-FX volume is okay...).
Otherwise I voted for the Post-Fader FX slots which can accomplish the same thing.
I know exactly why you want this but I think it's a bit clutter. Really one uses their pre-amp to come in to the right levels and if that isn't loud enough compared to other tracks the other tracks should be brought down to the same level. There's also volume JS plugin you can put before your FX.
There is also clip gain so for e.g. you can double click the track header and then adjust clip gain for all items at once in proportion, essentially this is what you want only with a double-click before it. It's to be debated whether this is better or not since if you move the items around to other tracks they will be the same volume, whereas with an input gain knob the items would become louder/quieter when moved to other tracks. I personally would prefer them to remain the same. Although it's not 'cool' for the workflow of proper gain staging to be forced on us, it's got really good merits for it's use.
I guess this would boil down to another option in the growing options menu as to whether an input gain is displayed or not. I certainly would like to not display it if it was available.
edit: I should elaborate, proper gain staging within the DAW holds more value than just FX in/out balance. There is also the visual aspect of all the peaks on a track properly representing the actual volume being sent to the master. If I adjust volumes using clip gain only and ensure that in/out to FX are the same volume, then my arrange view is 1:1 representative of the scale of audio in all tracks in proportion to other tracks. If I were to skew this with input gain or unbalanced FX the audio wave forms no longer serve any purpose past 'here be audio' and 'here not be audio'.
I don't really rely much on it however I have found myself looking for that sorta thing when I come back to a project after some time. It really helps to see where things are at. I find it annoying when all the peaks are at the same places in the arrange and yet I am not hearing certain tracks because they are too quiet and if I come back to a project after a long time, there's a chance I may even forget that track exists for some time before I catch it.