There has definitely been a resurgence of hardware in recording studios. I’ve personally been building an arsenal of kit from the past such as an Ensoniq ESQ-1 and new pieces such as a Jomox Mbrane and Doepfer Dark Time. Possible proof of this hardware comeback is the fact that Motu has rereleased a new version of a very classic Midi interface the MIDI Express XT. It has lots of I/O, routing, special timing tricks and more.
“Built with MOTU’s award-winning MIDI interface technology, the MIDI Express XT is a professional MIDI interface and SMPTE synchronizer that provides plug-and-play connectivity to any USB-equipped Mac or Windows computer. The Express XT provides 8 MIDI IN, 9 MIDI OUT, 128 MIDI channels and compatibility with all Mac and Windows software. Sixteen convenient, one-touch presets (8 factory and 8 user programmable) give you instant front-panel access to multiple operational configurations. The included ClockWorks™ console software for Mac OS X and Windows provides comprehensive MIDI routing, merging and muting.” – motu.com
For more info: motu.com/products/midi/xpressxt_usb