Virtual Instruments - Assigning Midi Channels

I’m hoping there is a simple answer to my questions. I’m new to Virtual Instruments – I have a project with several instruments. All of them are assigned to midi channel 1 in the inspector.

When I record a virtual instrument I hear the other instruments playing (because they are on the same channel)
If I try to record the instrument on a different channel (i.e., 2) I can’t hear the instrument.

No instruments will play on anything other than channel 1. Obviously I’m missing something – is there another location I can assign midi channels?

I’m using a few instruments:

Arturia Analog Lab
NI Battery
Steinberg PadShop


Is your NI (Kontakt?) player configured for multi-channel outputs?

Thanks for getting back to me - I need to verify, but probably not.