I have to admit, some of the reason I never felt the need to try Slate is that they’ve been the “cool product on the block” - on the guitar forums I went on everyone dabbling in home recording gets a slate bundle, they always pop up on my facebook ads… I guess I’m just contrarian, this is much the same reason I didn’t play Pogs at school or get a Tamagochi.
A bigger reason to be fair is that I don’t want to have to use a physical Ilok, and subscription models kind of annoy me with software, and I already have the plugs I need.
As for this stuff, I think I’d be more excited if the interface was marketed as just a great sounding interface - the thing is it’s cheaper that some of the better 8 channel mic pre/ converter bundles, and those can just do one thing well, I can’t help but feel skeptical that for less money you can get something that’s as good as a whole host of industry standard mic preamps and converters and a world class mic locker…
Basically, I don’t care if your £100 SDC can sound like a KM84, does it sound good? Is it better than an Okt-012 or C-1000?