I'm using Illustrator and doing a typography course. In order to create a bit more visual weight, I'm trying to mimic the idea of sound resonance through color. In this image
I simply use the blend tool to duplicate the type and after creating outlines and expanding the shape I try using the radial gradient as I need the center to be dark and the last blocks of type to be grey.
What happens instead is that every letter gets its own gradient.
Can you guys think of a smart way to go around this. I've found a solution to my issue by manually lowering the opacity, but I'm wondering if there's a more efficient way to approach this.