If you need to move data between a 32-bit version of Windows and the Mac OS, consider adding an external drive to your system formatted as FAT32, which both operating systems can read and write to (I used a Maxtor, as mentioned in this article). You might also consider a program like Mediafour''s MacDrive (mediafour.com), which lets a 32-bit Windows OS access Mac-formatted drives. I''ve used MacDrive on several Windows computers with great success; note that the current version (7) doesn''t work with Vista x64. But for any other Windows flavor, it''s the way to go.
If your needs lean the other way—writing to an NTFS drive from the Mac OS—then consider purchasing Paragon NTFS (paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac). This nifty utility lets a Mac read any internal (virtual) or external NTFS storage device.
If you''re a Mac user just coming to Windows or a Windows user setting up a new install on the Mac, be aware that there are many proven tricks for improving audio performance under Windows. For example, disabling Vista''s Transparency feature, which you''ll find in the Window Color and Appearance option in the Personalize menu, can save a few cycles. You''ll find other graphic elements by opening the Control Panel and locating the System properties, then switching to Classic view. Look for the Advanced system settings on the left, click on the Advanced tab, then open the Performance option. Next, click on the Settings... button, and in the Visual Effects tab, customize the effects you want (or disable all of them).
Because a virtual OS has limited drive space, consider disabling System Restore. Under XP, right-click on My Computer and click on Properties. Access the System Properties window and locate the System Restore tab. Then click on the checkbox that says Turn Off System Restore On All Drives and choose Apply. Vista users may want to kill the endlessly nagging User Account Control feature (UAC), which prompts you every time you try to make a change to your system. To do so, access the User Accounts option in the Control Panel and set Turn User Account Control to off. Keep in mind that this will make your system more prone to spyware and other invaders, even when running as a virtual machine, so tweak at your own risk.
MAC AND MIDI
Here are the steps to get MIDI flowing between Windows and the Mac OS on the same computer:
1. Download and install MusicLab''s MIDIoverLAN utility at musiclab.com. This is a commercial product, but the demo will give you 14 days of full functionality before requiring registration.
2. Connect your Mac to your home network. By default, Parallels Desktop will set the network adapter on your virtual machine to Shared Networking, and you don''t need to change any of the default networking settings inside Parallels.
3. Configure MIDIoverLAN on both systems. Launch the MolCp III Configuration Panel on both your OS X and Windows systems. The devices should be able to autodetect each other. Then simply specify which machine will be sending MIDI Out via the MIDIoverLAN port and which machine will be receiving MIDI In. For now, set sending MIDI Out via Mac OS X and receiving MIDI In via Windows.
4. Launch your OS X audio host and assign the MIDIoverLAN driver as the MIDI Out. Then launch your Windows audio app and specify its MIDI In to the MIDIoverLAN driver.
5. Create a MIDI track within the OS X host and specify the output to the MIDIoverLAN driver. Then start sending MIDI either via sequence or live input.
6. Record your session using the instructions in the main article text for real-time audio recording, create an audio track, and capture your synced performance directly into your host.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Tweaking Your Windows Install
Apple Boot Camp FAQ
Windows on Mac FAQ
Guide to Win 98 and Parallels Desktop 3
Information on Vista Audio Drivers
Hooking Up a Mac to a Windows Network
Creative Cow Windows on a Mac Forum
Web Site Devoted to Mac/Win Integration