Mackie Mainstream Review - Ultimate Live Streaming Equipment Review

Mackie introduces their new live streaming product, Mackie Mainstream. In this blog post, I explore the possibilities Mackie Mainstream console has to offer. I discuss its key features, how to set it up, and whether or not it is worth your money. 

Introducing Mackie Mainstream

Mackie Mainstream is a powerful device that allows you to fully control your livestream. It is a livestreaming and video capture interface with programmable control keys. It also comes with several ports that enable you to connect and control gadgets such as laptops, cameras, and microphones. Moreover, this console is easy to use with a simple front interface.

Key Features


One of Mackie Mainstream’s key features is its portability. The console is the size of two of my hands. With that, you can easily put it in your backpack and bring it anywhere you go. This is definitely helpful for creators who do livestreams on the go.

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Several Ports

Another amazing feature of Mackie Mainstream is that it comes with a lot of ports such as 2 USB-C, 2 HDMI, and 3.5 mm inputs. With these, you can connect as many devices as you need for your live stream.

Mackie Mainstream Review - Ultimate Live Streaming Equipment Review

The following is the list of ports available on the Mainstream console:

  • XLR/TRS Combo Mic Input (+48V) (60dB)
  • Headset Mic & Return
  • Direct Monitoring On/Off
  • Aux Input
  • 1/4” Headphone Out
  • 1/4” Monitor Outs
  • HDMI Input (1080p x 60fps capture)
  • HDMI Passthrough (4k x 60fps)
  • Dual USB-C Input Hub
  • Single USB-C Interface (Bus Powered)

Programmable Control Keys

Mackie Mainstream comes with 6 control keys. These keys can be mapped to the function keys of your computer, allowing you to do certain actions with a click of a button.

Mackie Mainstream Review - Ultimate Live Streaming Equipment Review

Simple Interface

Mackie Mainstream’s front interface is simple yet powerful. It comes with two big dials that let you control your microphones and headphones. A meter is found at the center that shows the volume level. In addition, a few smaller dials are also available that you can use to control other connected gadgets. Furthermore, the console has a few buttons that you can use to mute connected speakers or microphones.

Mackie Mainstream Review - Ultimate Live Streaming Equipment Review

Not Power-Hungry

Another good thing about this livestreaming equipment is that it doesn’t need to be connected to an AC power source. You can turn it on just by connecting it to your laptop, which allows you to livestream with minimal set-up or in-room needs.

Set Up Guide For Mackie Mainstream

Power the Device

Mackie Mainstream is easy to set up. First, you need to power it on by plugging in your laptop or a power device using a USB-C cable.

Connect Gadgets

Next is to connect your livestreaming devices such as microphones, headphones, webcams, gaming consoles, and laptops to the device. You can connect as many devices as you want as long as they are supported by the port types Mackie has.

Customize Hotkeys and Functions

After you connect all your livestreaming devices to Mackie Mainstream, it’s time to make sure that they are working fine. To do this, you need to set these up on your Livestreaming Software. In my case, I am using OBS Studio so what I did was simply add scenes and select the right devices connected to Mackie.

And then once everything is set up, I highly suggest you customize your hotkeys. Since the 6 control keys on the Mackie Mainstream are mapped to the first 6 function keys on your computer, it’s best to assign specific actions to those keys. For example, if you assign the action “switch to scene” to F1, clicking the first control key will automatically switch the scene on your livestream.

Install Mackie Matrix Software

The Mackie Matrix Software is designed to work seamlessly with Mainstream. This is of course, optional, but if you want more powerful functionality like adding virtual inputs and vocal effects, you should download it.

I’ll be making a dedicated blog post about this software, so stay tuned.

Final Thoughts

Mackie Mainstream is undeniably a game-changer for gamers and live streamers. I love the fact that it is small enough to carry wherever we go. It also comes with a lot of ports that allow us to connect different devices. This powerhouse livestreaming equipment is highly recommended to people who are after a simple and portable yet fully functional setup.

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