I am a Hip Hop DJ and in the process of copying over my vinyl songs to CD. I am a newbie to the recording phase of all this and would like some info as far as Mastering at home using a PC and plugins, what are the steps I should do before putting the songs on CDR. Below are the software and plugins I currently have. Software: Wave Lab 5 Sound Forge 7 CD Architect 5.0 Acid Pro 4 & 5 Which software is the best to record with? Plugins: Waves Diamond Bundle 5 Which utilities within this should I use (compressors, click, crackle, hum, etc..)? What CDR blank media is the best to use for constant use for DJ'ing? I will be DJ'ing using the Denon DN-S5000 CD Turntables and want a CD that can be used constantly and last the longest. Should I use 74min CDR's or 80min CDR's so they can played on all types of CD players and decks? I was told to use one of the following, HHB White Thermal 80min, Mitsui Silver (74/80min), Taiyo Yuden Gold (74/80min), and TDK. Should I use silver or gold bottoms and does it make a difference? What is the best CD Burner, Plextor? Which Plextor model. I'm looking for either internal and external. Are the Plextor DVD burners good to use for audio recording? Again, sorry for the list of questions, but I love music and it's my hobby but as I stated before I am a newbie to the recording and mastering phase of all this, but would like to learn and get it right from the beginning. I will be converting lots of vinyl over so it's worth taking out the time and getting the right information before starting to record. Thanks in advance.