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.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.