Bear in mind there are different ways of getting 'electronic'. On the one hand, there's programs and loops, and those (such as Ableton) can be performance instruments.
Then there's another level where you can use more primitive technology to sync up a bunch of analog (or semi-analog) gear, and that can mean pre-MIDI. The old Roland stuff used DINsync, and the interesting thing about that is it doesn't carry any note information: it's strictly about locking parallel grooveboxes together. When you do that you can produce a really STRONG beat, where even computer stuff might falter. I'm setting up a system that uses Xoxboxes (like Roland 303s) for the DINsync and reference clock, and assorted MIDI-savvy stuff off that (Xox can simultaneously send DINsync and MIDI clock, but only when it's the source. I have a 'Tanzmaus' drum box that can receive MIDI clock, a Kawai hardware sequencer likewise which I've already tested with the Xox clocking it, and a midi splitter that helps me not have to daisy-chain anything). The key thing is that as much as possible isn't being sent MIDI notes, just internally sequencing off a given clock: the Tanzmaus is fantastic that way, just clock it off the XOX and it'll calculate its own beats without having to receive note-ons (one at a time, over MIDI). It'll fire simultaneous stuff, simultaneously.
Depends on the computer stuff, though. There used to be a playlist on Soundcloud, now lost, called 'crappy sync test'. It used various DAWs to send MIDI data out to an external synth and tried to match that to a reference hardware beat: if I remember right, it was hi-hats. Only one DAW performed amazingly: Renoise, the modern sound-tracker DAW. The usual suspect DAWs produced very sketchy MIDI timing.
If you're interested in trancey or aggressively fast electronic stuff, I think syncing hardware stuff with self-contained sequencers is rewarding though it's got its challenges (as I'm sure we know). Then another approach is just running with something like Renoise: difficult to learn if you have no knack for tracker stuff, but it's capable of extremely 'electronic' genres and pretty much nothing beats that type of DAW for aggressively hypnotic beats.
I feel when you get into 'pop production in Logic with Apple Loops' and such, that's stepping over into garage-bandy territory, and it's possible to greatly outperform that stuff for EDM if you really want to :)