Using a DAW like Ableton Live hasn’t to be the kind of Excel-like experience (mouse + keyboard + grid) from the get go. With just a little preparation (maybe some looper tracks with instruments you like) you can set the computer aside and go into full jam mode.
Using a controller like the Push2 or Komplete Kontrol where you can dial up presets fast and which makes navigating between the tracks more comfortable, adds to that “jam feeling”. You’ll never have to stop the sequencer, just add, modify, overdub … whatever in a single long go.
IMHO it’s all about workflow and “some” discipline. I’ll get the best results when I separate composing, arranging, mixing and mastering completely. Tinkering with (small) details already in the beginning (the “jamming” phase) is a fun&creativity-killer. So I don’t do it, but postpone it for later.
Starting out with some drone or beat, add bass, add lead … whatever feels right in the moment.
Of course I definitely need some hardware controls. But if it is just a controller connected to computer or if it has a computer built-in which make sounds and where I’ll have to stare at a small screen to make some changes doesn’t make much of a difference.
But when I’ll need to get into sound engineering mode everything is already there in the DAW. No additional efforts required.
… just my 2 its-not-black-white-cents …