XACT Sound distortion in game

Is XACT still the advised way to get sounds working in Mono?

I’ve been playing about with this today, there are two things that are causing me some irritation.

  1. Adding the xgs, xwb and xsb to the contect folder and setting Copy Always has no effect, the files don’t get copied to the Debug/Release folders. You have to do this manually. This isn’t a huge problem, but it foxed me for a bit.

  2. the code to get the sounds playing in game is really simple, but the sound is bloody horrible! Instead of the nice gentle pings and pongs I have in XACT the played sounds are more like an Elk being castrated!

I’ve been following RB Whitaker’s tutorials on sound which I know are now quite dated.

Am I doing something silly?