What's specific to a hardware studio? All these machines means a lot of cables, and constant rewiring! Just look at the mess on the ground. Yet I use multicores (eight cables in one): 2 for my main sampler + 1 for the other one, same for the recorders, 1 for the returns from FXs... As my mixer only accomodates 40 inputs, these will change according to the project.
Thats my space: I don't have a proper livingroom.