Transport Controller

I’m considering integrating some kind of controller, mostly for transport and the listen button on reference tracks, dropping and jumping to generic markers, etc… Scrolling the playback head would be cool. Something like a Contour Shuttle Xpress or a Stream Deck would do everything I want.

But, my understanding is that they all work by emulating keyboards & scroll wheels.

I already have a programmable keyboard. And WL 11 does this weird thing where the keyboard commands just plain don’t work when certain plugin windows are in the foreground, as if they’re capturing them, usually not doing anything, and not letting the keyboard shortcuts actually control anything else.

Is there some setting to stop that from happening?

Alternatively…any ideas for something that doesn’t work by emulating keyboard/mouse? If I have to use the mouse to click on WL, I might as well just click on the control I want.