There is a danger I think of mixing just using near field speakers (Yamaha MSP5 in my case) in that to hear the bass properly you turn it up in your DAW but that is not the level a studio engineer etc would hear it at on studio speakers. Therefore the danger is that what you do in the home studio it is too loud in the mix when heard on proper speakers. To get over this problem I have introduced a sub-woofer into my set-up so I can get a proper bass level. However the problem is that the sub-woofer has a volume control on it and I do not know what level this should be at. For example if I turn it up high then I would find myself turning down the level in my DAW. If I kept it low then the opposite would apply neither of which would necessarily be right. So I suppose you could say that it is a question of calibration.
Any suggestions of how I might get the right level. Thanks