60 Minutes Admits Dubbing Engine Noises Over Tesla Footage

60 Minutes Admits Dubbing Engine Noises Over Tesla Footage

Yesterday's 60 Minutes included a segment on Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. It also included footage of a Model S making some very uncharacteristic engine noises that seemed suspiciously overdubbed. Today, CBS admitted in a statement to Fox News that the noises were the result of an "audio editing error."

You can watch the Tesla segment here on CBS's website, with the strange engine noise overdub still in effect (at least, as of this writing). It sounded strikingly out-of-place to me during the TV broadcast. The strangest thing here is, at 00:53 in this segment, Scott Pelley highlights the features that make a Model S silent:

The Tesla Model S is powered by 7,000 battery cells linked to an electric motor. No engine, no transmission, no tailpipe.

All while blasting your ears with the sound of what I'm guessing is a 4-cylinder, gasoline-powered motorcycle accelerating and shifting gears.

From 2:45 to 2:50 you hear it again, superimposed over footage of a Tesla driving through a tunnel—that's Tesla's own promotional footage, seen here without the engine noises 60 Minutes added:

Just to make sure we're all on the same page, the Tesla Model S, like most electric cars, is nearly silent. That's one of its defining features, and it's puzzling to me why 60 Minutes felt the need to portray it otherwise. Were they trying to make the footage more exciting? CBS told FoxNews.com today "our video editor made an audio editing error in our report about Elon Musk and Tesla last night. We regret the error and it is being corrected online."

Why Is 60 Minutes Dubbing Motor Noises Over Tesla Footage? (Video)

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Original post by Robert Sorokanich on Oppositelock

Why Is 60 Minutes Dubbing Motor Noises Over Tesla Footage? (Video)

Why Is 60 Minutes Dubbing Motor Noises Over Tesla Footage? (Video)

Anyone watching 60 Minutes' interview with Elon Musk? They keep dubbing motor noises over driving footage of the Model S. It sounds like they recorded a motorcycle engine and used it to spice up the car footage. Whatever it is, it's not the sound of a Tesla. (Update: 60 Minutes admitted to dubbing the sound)

Maybe the drive-along camera was on a bike, and they used the audio footage? Regardless, it seems very weird and out-of-place. It's one thing to dub exciting motor noises over a mundane-sounding car, but to plop engine sounds on a car that most folks realize is nearly silent? That just seems . . . bizarre.

Update: Here's a small piece of the interview from CBS's website. Around the 40 second mark, there's Tesla driving footage that definitely includes motor noises that definitely don't come from a Tesla. In the full episode there were about three or four instances like this, complete with gear-shifting sounds that didn't correspond with the speed of the Model S (or the presumed camera vehicle).

Sure doesn't sound anything like this Tesla:

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