My go-to when I need a timeline for a project is Reaper. It's not super-slick, but it allows precise MIDI control and has a totally unrestricted demo, so I know I can always count on it (I also bought a license, which is quite reasonably priced)
For driving Modul8 from a timeline, I like my "LB - Control From MIDI CC" and "LB - Media from MIDI Notes" modules, because you don't need to jump through any "midi learn" hoops to get things working (long ago I posted a demo video showing how to use it with Ableton).
I recently made a post with a zip file including a sample Reaper project, config files that cause the Modul8 keywords to appear directly in the Reaper MIDI editing interface, and step-by-step instructions to get it working.
http://interfaceoff.blogspot.com/2018/0 ... eaper.html