My trusty RME Fireface UC died on me last night and I'm looking for a replacement. However my needs have changed since I purchased the Fireface and now I'm a little lost as to what it is I should be looking for.
My user case is as follows: I'm a bass player, and I want to be able to play along with music on my PC while monitoring everything through my headphones. I'm not interested in recording anymore.
Previously I would run my bass into my pedal board which has a MXR bass preamp, the output of the preamp would go into the Fireface input. My PC was connected to the Fireface via USB, and I would plug my headphones directly into the headphone out of the Fireface.
As I no longer want to record anything, it feels like I just need a basic mixer. However I'm concerned with a mixer that it won't have enough power to give a loud signal from the bass as I don't have a proper amp pushing it. I also don't want to compromise on sound quality.
If a audio interface is what I want, I run Linux which makes it even harder to find something that fits the bill. Currently considering the RME Babyface Pro but I worry I'll only use 1/10th of it's feature set.
Would love some advice on what I should be looking at.