Experience using 3rd party option add multichannel midi support to Cubase Elements?

I’m running Cubase Elements 12 on a Windows 11 mini PC with 32 gigs of memory and a fast processor.

I make music with my partner and he’s the maestro and I’m the tech guy. I want to be able to put as many varied sounds as he wants on our little devices. I want to send the strings to one channel and the drums to another while the music is being made.

Upgrading Cubase is not an option now. The two options I am looking at are Blue Cat’s Patchwork and Unify by Plugin Guru.

I need to study the details and before choosing I wanted to ask here: what (if any) other options are available and work well?