With 25 years of experience in live sports television, I decided to respond to this thread, although it is old and may not be picked up by the original people that made the post.
Years back, during the days when there was a responsibility of truth in broadcasting, you would be unable to call this a live telecast if a pre-recorded audio effect were used. Today, few people care about truth and honesty, so I am not surprised to find this going on. I have been laughing at this for years now, ever since it started.
Anyone that takes a moment to listen to this carefully, will have to agree that it is a "canned sound effect". The many errors of the sound occurring during foul balls, passed balls and hits make it an easy to uncover that. And this repetitive sound, rarely changing with pitch speed? Who is kidding who? Yesterday, I actually heard the effect used when the pitcher caught the catchers throw back. I guess that was an effort to make a joke from the guy who pushes the button.
The Parabolic Dishes on both sides of the plate would not reproduce the action sound behind the plate as such. That sound track they use was recorded much closer to the source. This is the only way to technically achieve suck robust low frequency response (full sound).
I guess someone thinks that this is a great idea. They surely spend a lot of effort and make a pile of mistakes preforming it. In the end it is only a distraction to the game viewer and has no value included in a live telecast.
Edited by SB-Kcx, 12 July 2013 - 11:29 AM.