Mark it with fff? I too have found that the bass drums sound ";nice";. But bass drums don't really sound ";nice";. Especially, the lower basses should sound much louder and boomier than the small ones, but they don't in VDL. There is a control on the Kontakt player which lets you add a bit more bottom end to the basses but there isn't nearly enough boost. I think that it is mostly the nature of percussion vs computer though. There is not nearly enough range available for volume and bass in computer playback. A standard accent on a real snare at least doubles the volume of the hit, but once you are into the range of forte on a computer, you can't double that volume, let alone a rimshot accent when the volume is at fff or even ffff. We wont talk about rfl and evfl settings.
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over 10 years ago
I find writing out all five basses can get more punch than the actual unison note. I'll write them into Layer 2 (not sure what Sibelius calls this), hide the layer, then put the note I want to display (bass unison) in Layer 1 and mute the note.
Otherwise using accents and heavier dynamics as Warren suggested may work as well. Even if you don't want your bass drums to ever read a FFF note, you can add it and hide it for playback effect only.