AKAI MPD-26 in Ardour

hey guys.
i am planning to use the akai mpd-26 in ardour. therefore i wanted to ask if anybody of you has some experience using it.
is it possible to control some effects with its knobs? (btw: is there any option to record an effect’s modulation instead of creating a curve?)
does the configuration with ctrl+mouse work fine so far?

thank you very much!