Yeah, I really enjoy the openness of Live too. It invites everyone to the party. Yeah, it certainly has its unique limitations. They are even unique mostly to Live itself (no dedicated midi cc for devices?). Those limitations are also advantages. When I say, invites everyone to the party, I mean, use the Controller that you specialize with, and make music in your unique way. Record 4 min of guitar, play a midi drum kit, intros devices and vst's (maye with LED feedback!), map nearly everything with nearly any midi controller. Even if they Did have something that had full control over every single parameter, I doubt you'd see someone happy with it.
At the end of the day, Live will let you take all your bits and pieces and arrange a nice full length track, details and all. Or, you can perform the shit out of the program. Road tested. I know some software doesn't play so nice with third party controllers on the parameters, leaving you stuck using the specific workflow devised by Nati, er, a company.
I also notice people talking about knobs/LCD screens in general. I get too excited about the fun gizmo tech aspect of it, but they are dead on with the true goal. Old styled synthesizers had tactile knobs and faders, without LCD, for pretty much every parameter. It was your only way of interfacing with the circuit. Then came the 80's and it was all, LCD this and Button that which I'm sure was frustrating as hell.
I think that over the years, developers have found a halfway point where the idea is to have a few knobs, often 8, control a Few of the main parameters for a specific patch. But, I think that for a lot of people, ideally it is either mouse, or if you're lucky, a ton of knobs mapped already telepathically to the synth you're using with zero doubt about what you are using. And some people totally go there, mapping away.
So, when it comes to knobs and LCD screens, I'm just pondering about what people like, trying to understand workflows. I definitely don't think any way is right or wrong. I feel I am learning things from reading these comments