I bought a used bass some time ago to teach myself some basics and have fun. I don't have a dedicated bass amp so I play it over my audio interface (Behringer U-Phoria UMC22), DAW (Reaper) and PC speakers.
Problem is, even when maxing out both the gain on the bass itself and the interface instrument input and also plucking the strings pretty hard, I'm still not even close to maxing out the meter in Reaper. I can scale up the signal digitally, of course, but this results in a LOT of unpleasant noise. The 9V block battery the bass contains is freshly replaced, so it probably can't be the issue.
I'm just starting into the whole electric music category, so I don't know a whole lot about it. Is a bass even meant to be plugged directly into the instrument input of an audio interface? Or do people normally put their bass amp (which I don't own) in between the bass and the interface to ramp up the gain? Could be anything wrong with the bass itself (other than the gain issue, it sounds fine and looks fine on both the outside and inside, as far as I can tell)? Or is it just normal equipment behaviour and I need to put up with it?