-I was under the impression that ariel used a yamaha mt8x 8 track, but this picture clearly shows a tascam 488 Mk II.
i seem to remember some of his cds listing both the yamaha and the tascam (written "tascam 8") on the back cover. at the moment i can only find this information on the wikipedia page for underground, but I'm sure I've read it elsewhere.
there is an interesting comment on mutant sounds identifying some of the instruments ariel has used on his recordings:
http://mutant-sounds.blogspot.com/2008/ ... isurf.html
Here's what I've been able to determine from things I've seen,read and heard---
He's definitely uses the Digitech space station on his guitar, a Casio CZ-5000 appears on most of his tracks (the bass line on the first track of Underground is the factory bass preset). Some of the hazy atmosphere on stuff, such as West Coast Calamities, is his mouth. A Suzuki Omnichord, most visible near the end of "Gettin High in the mornin'". A microkorg, which has a built in vocoder, and a lot of weird (great) analog clone sounds. I've seen him play a ric and a tele. The only thing that kills me about his sound is that he gets killer reverb and echo, sounding off a phil spector record, and I'm baffled. This is the most interesting part of his atmosphere and Its a whole lot more than a memory man and tape sludge, how does he do it??
that space station is a highly sought-after discontinued pedal-- check it out on youtube! digitech made another pedal called the ex-7 which, alongside other expression sounds, was supposed to fill the small niche created by the ss. however, they left off a tonne of cool presets and kind of blew it.
also, don't forget that ariel wasn't poor; I'm sure his parents could afford to buy him both multitrack recorders and plenty more... if he really did own a suzuki omnichord, which from what I've read is kind of a novel instrument, then that just about tells you everything you need to know about his gear, i.e. he had pretty much everything. this ain't lou barlow...
in that picture it looks like he his sitting on his records?