Thanks Guy, this is what I expected. Unfortuately, from what I remember, omf doesn't even keep the track names (much less as you said, plugins), so that's out. I'll give cubase a trial on my newer slave and see how it goes first, but I may get the crossgrade just to have it, kind of disappointed I missed it last time (I think it was $199).
And yes, redoing my templetes is a huge pain, so I'll have to see if the midi editng/composing features are worth it. Luckily with my huge switch to VE Pro (and then Komplete Kontrol) I can save having to redo that part. Copying and pasting track names and assigning midi channels to VE Pro will be most of the work (got any midi assign shortcuts?) Since I keep my mixing and post templetes seperate, it should only be about 1500 midi tracks to set-up (yes, I recently added them all up. It would be 2500 if I included all my alts!). Which is one reason I have been think of switching (Pro Tools has a 512 midi track limit, which means I have many templetes for each type of instrument). Also track folders would be nice, but PT may add that in an update soon (though no word on midi track count increase). If cubase could handle all these tracks (plus about 90 VE Pro instances) plus picture, that would be killer.