“Bento Box” from Yamaha – A format converter and router for every multi-channel digital audio format imaginable.
“Field Box” from Calrec – Eight mic preamps and A/D converters with an assortment of digital outputs. I see a trend here – you don’t know what you’re going to have to connect to next, so the more possibilities, the better.
TASCAM previewed a single rack space 64-channel recorder which, following the trend, has four card slots for just about any input source. This is aimed at capture from a large format live sound console. I also picked up a DR-44WL handheld recorder from them for a review, so stay tuned.