In my setup I use a USB A to B and a USB A to micro. I’ve learned how to “tighten” USB A and I even have a cable with a “locking” connector. I have experimented with 4 different A to B to find one that is most reliable. I’ve had less issue with the micro USB because it is internal to my rack and never disturbed. Those connectors are generally pretty weak and break easily.
Laying contacts next to each other with little or no spring or snap in- is just poor design compared to good old 1/4 phone plugs such as a guitar cord. But USB is what is required for my equipment.
I’ve had a situation where the ferrite core in a USB cable eliminated noise so I am partial to those. Your suggestions for approx 10’ USB A to B cable and A to micro appreciated. Also if you have a technique to tighten a USB B connector would also be helpful.