Originally Posted by StringBean
Seems like my tracks have a noticeable dip at 500Hz with all other frequencies well represented. I guess drums and bass do a good job of lows and highs but I don't know what works well around 500. It doesn't necessarily sound like my mix is missing anything but I have a hard time finding something to put there. Pads sound mushy, leads sound too low and inarticulate. I'm not really interested in adding vocals. What works for yall in that range?
What kind of tracks are you making?
In the tracks I'm working on right now, I like to throw some sort of rhythm section part in that range with some decent stereo width. Some triads do good there to follow the bass line for me. Because of the stereo width, a mono vocal or lead line can still sit on top of it without getting muddy. All about making room.
However, you'll notice some producers like Calvin Harris and Wolfgang Gartner (totally different styles I know) will fill that range with a Chord which also acts as a Lead without leaving any room for another element in the mix. What they do in this case is spread the chords notes out into octaves. You can hear this in Calvin Harris ft. Ne Yo Let's Go, or Wolfgang Gartner Love and War.
It really all depends on what kind of track you are making. In neurofunk Drum and Bass, the bass line itself should take up most of the midrange, and in that case you'd probably be adding some harmony elements right above the 500hz mark with some stereo width.