We're Jim & Christie Wells...
We started Fantasonics Engineering on April 1st, 1980
as a design consulting group (The Enginears) specializing in
the studio production and audio system engineering for themepark
attractions and animated display. It turned out to be a lot of
fun, and we stumbled into a number of innovations in theme park
sound design along the way. For example, we were the first to
successfully put sound 'on-board' audio-animatronics characters,
and the first to use the attraction itself as a speaker reference
system during the soundtrack mastering process. We also designed
the first 'animation transportation system' (a railroad theme),
where the train sound, the animated passengers, and the display
through which they are ALL traveling, are all synchronized in
a single musical orchestration. Model railroading can be an awful
lot of fun... with a commercial budget!
Indeed, the concept for our own layout, "The
Incredible Dizzying Heights Railroad", grew out of this
at Summit, on The IDH...
In the past two decades we set our sights somewhat
'smaller', bringing the same experience, technical expertise,
innovative thinking, and professional resources to bare on scale
sound applications in model railroading, starting with our own:)!
Until recently, all of our work for others had been custom 'RailRoadies'
design... and fairly expensive. From this custom work we have
figured out how to make scale sound accessible to everyone, with
the release of our CD scene collection.
As I always say, "my parents were musicians and
model railroaders, before they were parents". Our work in
theme parks, and now in scale sound, evolved in no small way
from a lifetime of model railroading. Christie has been right
there from the beginning and is my muse. She has been supportive,
and downright inspirational in every way. She has also been directly
involved! She runs the general store, and has turned out to be
a terrific sound designer and producer in her own right!
Between our 'RailRoadies' associations and Scale Magic Soundtracks we now have hundreds of
scale sound systems and soundtracks at work in pikes all around
the world. And in very real ways, we're only just getting started.
As is true in every other medium of model railroading,
there is discovery every time we 'go in' to work on a new project.
We have fun, and love what we do, and you can always
hear that in our work...
You can contact us:
695 Crescent Avenue - B
Orcutt, CA 93455
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