So, I'm trying to learn DirectSound, and imagine my delight to learn that DirectSound doesn't have any interface for loading wave files! So MSDN refers me to the DXUT.h file that can be used to load .wav files and even to take care of some DirectSound stuff for you. Neato! Unfortunately, it requires a unicode build instead of multi-byte. Now I'm not exactly sure what that means, but all I know is I don't want to have to cast every string I have with (LPCWSTR).
So, is there some other interface that I can use with DirectSound to load .wav files (or some other sound file format), or some other API I can use all together (would prefer it if I didn't need to switch to a whole other API)? Basically just looking for advice on what's best for playing sounds.