You can always control your DAW over MIDI, and then use any software or hardware for your interface that you want. That way, you don't lose any features or quality, but can get alternative control.
I wrote some software awhile back that enables me to use brainwaves to control Ableton Live, among other things, utilizing an OCZ NIA for the hardware. http://www.musatcha.com/software/MindMasterMIDI/
Of course, it would take a lot of practice (nearly impossible) with that before you could get really fine control for recording purposes. I mainly use it for tweaking effects, or spinning up the Leslie's on Native Instruments B4, so I don't have to take my hands away from the keyboard.