Yes, burning your own redbook master CDs is very easy! Here's how to make your own redbook CD masters for free!
This is a quick video on how a mid-side processor works, and how to check the stereo field of your mix using a mid-side processor equalizer.
If you've mixed songs in the past, you more than likely can use that same software for audio mastering. As long as you can add effects to the stereo/main out bus, you're good to go.
What's the best music gear for your home recording studio in 2017?
Here's the basic hardware you need to master music:
In order to produce a good master, a mix needs proper headroom and dynamic range.
How much headroom before mastering should you leave in your mix? Here's the correct amount of headroom you should leave, using detailed graphic examples.
So, what is the best room size for audio mastering in your DAW home recording studio? Technically, you can properly mix or master in any room size. But, I believe a smaller room is better than a very large one for someone who's just starting out. And when I say smaller I mean closer to 12'x15' than to 20'x30'. I've mixed and mastered songs for a number of years in a 20'x30' room. It took me a few days to get used to it, but after that I could do it.
Note - This section is basically a tip for those of you working with clients or if you plan on submitting your mixes to a mastering engineer.
I started my career using the old analog stuff, since that was the only option. I incorporated digital software plugins as soon as they became available, but it took many years before computers were fast enough to run them in realtime. And also before they started making very high quality plugins.