Our friends at Novation have a couple recently-released controllers that play very well with Ableton Live. First up, the Impulse keyboard: Additionally, the Novation Twitch DJ controller can control Live easily, using the Live Twitch Translator (download it here). Check out a tutorial of the set up: Lastly, here's controllerist ...
With so many buttons available, the Launchpad makes a great physical tool for mashing out effect sequences - all you need is the right template. FxGrid, from Ableton Certified Trainer Yeuda Ben-Atar (aka SideBrain), definitely does the trick. Sequence effects - including Beat Repeat, Redux, Grain Delay and more - plus add some extra tweaks with reverb, delay, and rhythmic gating. You can even time things right with a metronome LED. Check it out in action below:
Grab the template for free (requires a Launchpad, Ableton Live 8 and Amp)
Yeuda is also working on an APC40 version of this template - look for that in the future. Lastly, here's some bonus beats for Friday - live beatmaking that won Yeuda first place in the recent Novation Showdown: