I’ve talked about how you have to carefully choose what to put on your Ipod for your immersion environment. However, being selective often causes you to miss out on a lot of material that you wish you could add, but don’t because it has too much non-Japanese time or other things that get in the way.
Solution: edit it away
It’s much easier than you think to edit out portions that otherwise ruin great immersion tracks.
You can get rid of:
1. Non-speaking time: for those long action scenes, or very silent scenes.
2. Disgusting noise: nothing ruins a track more than someone vomiting loud in your ears.
3. Irritating noise: I despise babies crying or childbirths on my Ipod.
4. Loud noise: screaming, blasting music, monster howls, or power ups.
5. Speaking in another language.
6. Theme songs: Leave them in if you really love them. But while I can listen to a J-drama 100 times, the same does not go for the theme song.
How to edit:
I’ve used two free programs that easily accomplish all of this. They are easy to use even if you have never used an mp3 editing program.
Mp3 Direct Cut: This is my #1 choice. It is simple, uses low computer resources, and you can do what you want in a few seconds.
Audacity: I originally used this until I found MP3 Direct Cut. I think this may have more advanced features, but I didn’t like the CPU usage it required.
Start cleaning up your collection and make your immersion Ipod even better.