Are the bird sounds at The Masters real? – FanSided


Apr 7, 2021; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Patrons pose for a photo in front of the main leaderboard during a practice round for The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
The Masters broadcast always features the beautiful sound of singing and chirping birds. But fans want to know if those sounds are real or fake.
Everyone tuning into The Masters is accustomed to hearing the sounds of the crowd, Jim Nantz and all the familiar noises. One of those, of course, is the birds chirping and singing in the background throughout the day.
Some people might be listening to those sounds and thinking, wow, they must really hunt out bird nests and put microphones right next to them.
However, more inquisitive minds have a more pertinent question for Augusta National Golf Club and, in turn, ESPN and CBS on the broadcast: Are The Masters bird sounds real?
Shane Ryan of Golf Digest took this question very seriously in trying to find the answer. Talking to numerous people in the know, people at Augusta National Golf Club, and many other sources, he tried to get to the bottom of it.
At the basis of his report is the fact that, particularly when watching the tournament at home, golf fans rarely, if ever, see birds on the course. While Ryan did have some colleagues who saw some birds, the popular belief remains that much of the bird sounds are piped in for the broadcast, as has been widely theorized.
That’s not to say that all of them are. There is a very real chance that, on a beautiful tree-laden property, we do catch some real bird noises throughout the round. Overall, though, it’s hard to believe that they constantly get the bird sounds they need at The Masters in relation to how often viewers hear them.
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