I don't even have the stock libraries installed anymore. there are some good ones, but none of them are full featured, they are like a certain band from an eq, or a buss from a console, or one preset from a verb.....you get what I mean. I have adapted a work-flow that usually uses complete virtual pieces of hardware; like a whole project will use only one full console, a few full eq's (with others spread lightly for flavor), etc. Plus the stock libraries are older, and I am really enjoying the revolutionary thinking going on with the devs lately. It's exciting for me, at least, to hear what's going on in this digital audio technology, and I seem to have no need for the older libraries. Besides, I have so many (blush), so SOMETHING has to go......
Me too... can't remember when I last loaded stock programs..with one exeption: quite often I browse TimeVariant category to find some nice chorus (love the first on the list: 70` chorus), flanger, phaser etc.. not too much choice in 3rd party libs with these kind of effects.. but preamps, consoles, eqs, tapes and comps pretty much are usless once You have 3rd party libs..or even demos of them..
In the early Nebula days, there were few commercial libraries, so the mainstay were the 'factory' libs.
Funny ... [or not], they still blew away algo plugs
However, today we have access to full commercial libraries that offer many presets of a given piece.
Another factor is the newer libs have, generally, heavier presets [along with some lighter weight versions]. The factory versions tended to have only a few Kernels at the core [could be wrong about that].
Needless to say, for the base users, the factory libs are still high quality and impart the hardware vibe.
Not too sadly, my factory libs have taken a deep back seat to the huge commercial stash thats been growing Should the time [space] come, I may go through and move theses early gems out of the active role.
I still use a couple of them.Sorry,I don't remember the names as I rename everything with the original hardware names. From the top of my head,I still use UA pres,the Joe Meek combo EQs,A*I pres,Plates verbs,Analog channel (a German disco console),Joe Meek Comp and a couple of others.
If you dig you'll find a couple of gems,as in the now defunct nebulaprograms.com programs.
Try them when you install Nebula and see by yourself,trust your own ears.