@androidi: Thanks for the note. Unfortunately, the maxed-out audio signal is the audio signal we were given by the house. The venue did not have a sound person monitoring the mics/lavs. We just took what we were given which led to little wiggle room for us since we only had one person capturing everything. Next year, we'll host this event in a better venue with better audio to ensure maximum quality.
@spivonious: the Ping show peeks would be my fault. I will work on making sure this doesn't happen again.