Thanks for expanded suggestions, but you are speaking about hacks and tricks right from the start.
Also i don’t see Linux drivers on RME site. I already know that RME cards are supreme in terms of audio quality and hardware. Moreover such solution will be overkill for my lil’ Renoise experiments.
So i’m looking something more common, which will work without Linux wizardy.
I’m Linux newbie. All my previous USB interfaces under windows were a complete bummer in terms of latency, crackles and glitches.
It’s not really hacks or tricks at all
There’s no windows-esque understanding of drivers on Linux.
CC (class compliant) mode - is a hardware definition, which means using kinda “universal driver” which works anywhere, it’s just a switch in audiocard. So whichever card you choose - make sure it has CC, otherwise it’s not guarantee if it works perfectly on Linux…RME has it.
jack - is a superior pro-audio backend.
You can use any card without it (pipewire / pulseaudio / alsa), for example if you’re fine with having just 1 stereo-pair output, but if you want all of those inputs / outputs available and have a better quality / latency - jack is a way to go, i use it even for internal motherboard cards on laptops.
With jack whole i/o for RME is available to do whatever you want.