I actually bought the USB "hub" that was sold as a "transfer your tapes and LPs to CD" package and it justhappened to hav the Nero software included. This software really seems like the perfect entry level app for cleaning up recordings and such. But I have no idea why the file was so large or the other issue with "transfer tape (or LP) to CD" having little quirks. But it did record somehow after I fiddled around with it.
So no one here knows why the file (and subsequently minutes of dead air recorded) was so large in the end? And, no, I did not forget to turn off the Record button.
I'll keep working with it.
Is there a section on this Forum for Back to Basics for newbies? Other than the FAQs....they did not seem to address anything I am experiencing and not much on the version 6. I could upgrade for $60 but I think I'll play with this version for a while........