Multi-timbral Multi-output Instruments

I saw some posts around, but not a comprehensive one…

Last week I updated by Cubase 7.5 to 8, as I heard so many great things about it (been using Cubase 7, then Logic, now back to C8). I cant remember what is the best setup for multi-output instruments like VEP5, Kontakt, Omni, etc or if there is a new, better one.

Basically, I would like to have my instrument loaded, assigned different patches to different outputs, and have separate control over them in the tracks area and the mixer, where I can load different plugins on the tracks - I know they are MIDI, but they are routed to audio as well, right? as in the instrument track.

What is your setup for this that can be saved as template? thank you very much for help

PS> C8 looks really great