Thank you all very much for the replies(to numerous to mention).
The overwhelming response for software was cdrecord which can be found at:
As far as the hardware goes, there were a few different makes and models, but it
seems that Yamaha (400 or 4416SX ) are the most common and most seem to be happy
I will try cdrecord, and follow up if need be.
"It's a dirty job, but someone said I had to do it".
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