Blue Planet II boss insists underwater sound effects blasted by viewers as 'awful' are 'representative of nature'... as he reveals BBC show was edited on a normal TV to ensure the best audio

Mail Online | 11/21/2017 | Mark Duell for MailOnline
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The Blue Planet II executive producer has insisted the underwater sound effects criticised by viewers are 'representative' of nature.

Some of the ten million people watching the hit BBC nature programme each week have slammed the sounds as 'ridiculous', 'awful' and 'nonsensical'.

James - Honeyborne - Production - Team - Quality

But James Honeyborne said the production team worked extremely hard on audio quality after facing trouble because sound travels much faster in water than in air.

Mr Honeyborne, who spent four years making the show, told Radio Times: 'We can't capture every sound under water – it's impractical if you're in a submarine.

Series - Advisors - Specialist - Water - Hydrophone

'But one of our series advisors is a sound specialist and he goes under water with a four-way directional hydrophone and makes recordings.

'He's been able to advise us on the sound effects in the series to make sure that what we've got is representative of what we're seeing, and it feels true to nature.'

Comments - Viewers - BBC - Effects - Clam

His comments come after some viewers claimed the BBC was exaggerating sound effects – including a tuskfish hitting a clam against coral - on the programme.

Leeds-based recording studio Song Mason Studios tweeted: 'Loving Blue Planet but the sound design is ridiculous. Fish do not roar like lions.'

John - George - Marks - Chichester - Downside

John George Marks, of Chichester, added: 'Only downside to the amazing Blue Planet is those awful sound effects! Urgh! Please stop with these 1980s effects!'

And Bill Pound said: 'Why do we have to suffer the ubiquitous music and sound effects? No need. Nature doesn't.'

Viewers - Music - Soundtrack - Mr - Honeyborne

Other viewers said the music soundtrack was distracting, but Mr Honeyborne said the producers had carefully monitored levels by using a normal TV set.

He added: 'We sit and we actually listen to the finished film on a normal television, because it's all very well doing it in a big music theatre, but at the end of the day this is being made for a television audience....
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