We're Jim & Christie Wells...
We started Fantasonics Engineering in 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
Indeed, the concept for our own layout, "The
Incredible Dizzying Heights Railroad", grew out of this
at Summit, on The IDH...
Over the past decade and a half we have 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 in every scale from Z
to prototype! Until recently, all of our work had been custom
'RailRoadies' design... and fairly expensive. We have hopefully
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. 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
scale 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 in model railroading,
there is discovery every time we 'go in' to work on a new project.
We love what we do, and you can always hear that...
You can contact us:
695 Crescent Avenue - B
Orcutt, CA 93455
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