More often than not, less experienced engineers with the latest plugins and technology will not produce as good a result as a more experienced and creative engineer using less. Of equal importance is the intelligent and efficient design of the system. To that end, all my equipment is impeccably maintained, designed for fast and easy deployment and optimized to deliver the maximum performance with the smallest FOH footprint. In fact, the use and optimization of my main system was featured in an article in "Pro Sound News" on the "2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival".
The rate of technological innovation in professional audio has been moving at a blistering pace and will no doubt continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
But ultimately, the creative implementation and use of that technology is always going to be of greater importance than the actual technology used. The latest technology will only perform to the level of the operator running it.
In short, "it's not what ya got, it's what you do with it".
With all the benefits of a small FOH footprint, sometimes small isn't small enough. Today more and more corporate clients are demanding the mix position be virtually invisible to their guests. This has created a demand for audio engineers that can mix a show entirely by remote control with no fixed Install at FOH.
I have over 10 years experience mixing wirelessly on computers and tablets and both my systems have integrated Wi-Fi and full wireless remote control capability.