Faders and knobs are cool I guess but they aren't worth the hassle IMHO when not performing live. It's more straightforward to just draw in your automation or use the mouse.
I can understand your view to an extent, I'm actually half with you tbh, but I also think you might be missing out to an extent.
Let's take my bass for example. I mostly use an Arturia Minimoog grouped into an Instrument Rack with various processing devices.
I load it (mouselessly) onto a track (actually it's already there usually by default) and immediately the 8 knobs in front of me control cutoff, decay, etc, all the main parameters you would want to tweak the sound. My Keyrig's 8 knobs control 4 different devices in Live via 4 scripts).I never see the plugin window. I don't touch a mouse. I don't even look at the computer. I can do it with my eyes shut. It's quick, it's easy on the eyes, easy on the hands, and you can adjust several parameters at more or less the same time. Of course if you wanted to record automation it would be a doddle.
If I want to use a plugin I'll often use my Nocturn, and I use this for drums too. For drums I use Simplers in Racks on separate tracks. My Nocturn navigates to the one I want and the 8 knobs control pitch, EQ3 and so on via a Sample Auditioner rack.
I launch the clips with the Launchpad and away we go. Yes I still often input notes via the computer keyboard using the draw tool. I certainly rearrange them this way. I never use a mouse, but I do sometimes use a trackpad.
I want to use the Nocturn for Mixer if I can figure it out, but I also use the Launchpad for that.
When you are recording by the way, you can have record quantize on so it's tight even if you are not.