I know this should probably go in the home mastering section but it's not specifically about a technical aspect of mastering but more a general question about it. I put together some decent sounding home recordings using straight in vox gear for guitars, a decent audio technica condenser mic for vocals and other instruments, and a lot of VSTs for drums and such. Anyways, I'd like to go one step further making these sound as good as possible and have at least the few songs I'll put online mastered to get the volume levels as loud and standard to pro levels as possible. I always hear terrifying stories about how you should never try to master yourself unless you know what you're doing but I'm curious about just at least dabbling with it, maybe trying some mastering software and rolling up my sleeves. Any recommendations?