Thanks for the suggestion. I was able to figure out what was happening.
I am applying the settings on the Patch level, but I couldn't get the patch to "remember" my adjustments. I thought it had to do with saving channel strip settings. But in the end, as it usually is, a simple miscommunication between myself and the CPU! Once I focused my efforts towards the Patch info things are working well and I can control my hardware synths through MS. Like I said, cool stuff, and the Host Control mode of the VAX77 makes the whole thing really easy to control on stage.