I love the incredible Band in the Box computer program for getting the feel for the basic components of a song arrangement, practising sight reading, learning to quickly transpose a song from one key to another, and its help in ear training. However, I find that one of its greatest weak points is the relatively low level of the bass lines. The "two feel" sections too often add a little 8th note syncopation before the downbeat, when most bass players will play just two half notes. The quarter note walking lines are a little better, except some of the bass line syncopation variations often sound to me too cutesy, too repetitively predictable, and nowhere near as swingin' as what most jazz bass players play. Rarely if ever does Band in the Box ever play a descending bass line, as most jazz bassists do to provide variety and interest. I do not think I've ever heard the program have the bass player play a "pedal point", which is such a nice component in jazz bass. Moreover, the bass never "lays out", although you can program that in for a "solo break" for the melody or solo instrument. Since a highpoint of B]Band in the Box[/B] is the ability to switch the "style" of a song from say "swing" to "latin", etc., I think there should be a way in the program to switch the bass style within say the "swing" style to the more economic bass line style of Charlie Haden, the rhythmically and harmonically sophisticated style of Ron Carter, or the "long tones" and large bass presence swing of Ray Brown's style. Then there might be also bass substyles within other styles, such as "latin", etc. How do others here use B]Band in the Box[/B]? What problems do you see and what recommendations do you have for improving this wonderful program? I think it would be helpful to discuss this topic here and then perhaps later send the suggestions and recommendations to PG Music, which I think is planning to improve the bass lines within the next year.