When I use Ableton Live with my Novation ReMOTE 25 SL MIDI Controller, I feel like I'm using an instrument, not some software application. As with any instrument, the more time you put in, the more you transcend the instrument allowing you to focus on making music.
Moldover has taken this to the extreme by moding the Novation Remote SL controller and coming up with innovative processes for using Ableton Live. He's taken to calling himself a "controllerist" and calls what he does "controllerism".
Check out the videos below - pretty mind blowing! While very few of us will take it this far, there are definitely some ideas here that can apply to anyone's work flow.
Moldover was also kind enough to offer up his software presets here http://moldover.com/controllerism/index.php?action=downloads.
View Part 1 of video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2McDeSKiOU
View Part 2 of video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dznjQIarboY
- Software Presets: http://moldover.com/controllerism/index.php?action=downloads