The "tricky" part in creating an enhanced CD isn't so much in creating a multisession disc (programs like Nero can do this) but in having the ability to create an accurate audio session.
Unless there's some trick I missed CD Architect doesn't create a multisession disc, and programs like Nero...
The 3 compressors that I use most often are:
The Weiss DS1
Crane Song STC-8
Of these the Weiss is the most transparent, STC-8 second, and Chandler 3rd.
However transparency can be boring. I find it a bit odd that many are looking for that "fat, warm, punchy" sound but...
I second the recommendation on the Chandler LTD-2. Most of my work is in the rock field, and the Chandler kicks ass for this. It adds a Neve-like quality that's perfect for digital recordings.
It's great for guitars. If you aren't recording guitars through a Neve pre now, I highly recommend it.
As always it depends. If you're using something like an L2 for limiting and dithering from it, you will want that to be last in the chain. Any changes in volume level should be performed before the dithering takes place.
For digital processing I try to keep my master fader at zero in order...
Another book to have a look at is Bobby Owsinski's "The Mastering Engineer's Handbook".
While it doesn't have quite the depth of BKs book, there are some really good interviews and a nice section on vinyl.
As far as answering your question, it's a very big topic. You may want to break it...
Perfect answer Michael!
People new to mastering want to find rules of thumb, magic plugins, or some "secret" to mastering. And unfortunately many equipment and software manufacturers take advantage of this misunderstanding.
In order to perform mastering some of the basic things that you...
Long story short:
At age 11 inspired by the likes of JimiHendrix, The Who, etc. picked up a guitar and joined a rock band.
During the period when I was playing music ran live sound for various bands and started getting involved in recording at local studios.
After the 257th or so band...