I have a ton of Slate stuff, almost by accident, Lol! I originally just wanted to try out his SSD 4 software, because I had a severe lack of drums in my life. Joe West, the Nashville-based producer I was working under at the time had a Slate rep come by and give him every single plugin Slate made at the time, so I got plenty of time to mess around with it all. Fell in love with the software and the excellent job it did, so I started buying it up. Even won the Virtual Mixing Rack from the Slate Digital Facebook page.
The fact that Steven will personally answer any questions you have on either Gearslutz or the Facebook pages that are set up for his products tells me he wants to go above and beyond for his user/fan base.
That being said, I haven’t had a chance yet to try out his hardware (No need to, I really don’t track at this point in time). But seeing the rave reviews from his VMS, I have no doubt that the product will do exactly everything he describes it will do. Once I get to a place where I’m able to effectively track live instruments, I will certainly go this route instead of assembling the preamps I originally wanted to solder.