Fastest way to get Arduino Midi tutorial to produce sound?

I'm using UNO and a Windows 7...

Eventually I want to make own true Midi controller, but recently I've been trying to get my computer and Arduino to at least play something.

I've been following these two tutorials on primitive Arduino Midi controllers. The tutorials explain everything except how to get actual sound! http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Midi http://itp.nyu.edu/physcomp/Labs/MIDIOutput

I'm not looking to make a Midi-compliant USB device (for now). I don't want to construct any more hardware than what is in those tutorials (otherwise, what's the point of those tutorials?). Instead, I want a software solution. I've followed several routes without success, and I don't want to muddy people's thinking by posting links to things that didn't work. I'm thinking many of them are out of date.

Quite simply, if you've gotten the "software solution" to work, how?

and a Windows 7...

So what DAW are you using on your windows system. It is that you have to configure to accept your MIDI input and generate the sound. Assuming that you have a software based sound generator.

Alternatively feed the MIDI output direct into a MIDI tone generator like an MU10.

Grumpy_Mike:

and a Windows 7...

So what DAW are you using on your windows system. It is that you have to configure to accept your MIDI input and generate the sound. Assuming that you have a software based sound generator.

Alternatively feed the MIDI output direct into a MIDI tone generator like an MU10.

Is a DAW necessary? I was under the impression that "Microsoft GS Wavetable" was enough to start producing sounds.

Also, if a DAW is necessary, is there anything small, loose and free?

I was under the impression that "Microsoft GS Wavetable" was enough to start producing sounds.

What is a Microsoft GS Wavetable? Normally a wave table is just that, a table of digital samples that make up a wave. It is a piece of data not an application.