Parallels/Bootcamp/Crossover for Music Programs?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by zenvision, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. zenvision macrumors regular

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    I ordered a MBP (see sig for specs) and what I'm really looking forward to is the added bonus of running Windows apps alongside lovely OSX at good speeds. The thing is, I want to use programs such as Acid Pro, Cubase, Reason etc. and I'm really not sure which way to go, ie. Parallels/Bootcamp/Crossover? I'd rather not have to reboot everytime I want to run a music program though (or have to create a seperate partition), but if I have to use Bootcamp, I don't mind.

    So basically, I'd like to know if anyone is running demanding music software ok on any of these options and how it runs? does all sound work? can i use a usb midi keyboard ok? do all plugins/vsts work?

    Let me know :)
     
  2. vi2867 macrumors 6502

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    I am currently using boot camp. It is running fine. It is kid of fustrating to reboot all the time. I hoping Leopard will fix that.

    As for parallels, I didn't use it because I only have 1 GB of Memory, and I hear you have to share the memory while running Parallels, in other words, if you have 1 GB of memory, while running Parallels you have to decide how you divide up your memory 256 for windows and 768 for os x. I didn't like that I had to run with less memory, and pay $80 for a software that Leopard may have built in next year...

    As for Crossover, they have a list of softwares that they say work with crossover, if the software you want to use is not on the list, they say it may not be stable. I checked the list and none of the softwares I wanted to use were on the list, so that was the end for me...;)
     
  3. zenvision thread starter macrumors regular

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    as i have 2gig perhaps parallels will work out ok? has anyone tried it for music software? i want to know if midi/audio works ok through it...
     
  4. vi2867 macrumors 6502

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    If you have 2 GB of memory you'll be fine, because you can split 1GB for OS X and 1GB for Windows...:)
     

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