I\'ve noticed more and more as I\'m working through scores that the crescendo markings often occur at the same time for all (feasible) instruments. Originally I was drawing them in on each channel of my sequencer, then later to save effort, made a shadow track for each instrument, where I would copy and paste the relevant parts of the controller graph on to each relevant midi channel independently of the midi notes.
However what would be easiest of wall would be to have a dedicated track in the sequencer which dealt out controller messages to ALL midi channels. Does anyone know how (esp in Cubase/is) to have a controller channel that applies to ALL midi channels?
If your goal is realism, you should NEVR use the same crescendo on all the instruments, but draw them in for each instrument at a time.... that way, you\'ll get the same amount of variation as a normal orchestra doing a crescendo.
No 2 instruments will ever do crescendos the same. I get much better results doing each track individually. Sure it takes a little more time, but it\'s worth it. Also, don\'t follow the dynamics exactly as marked or the parts will sound blah and unchanging. Musicians will change dynamics during phrases automatically. Usually getting louder as the notes go up (and playing a little quicker) and quieter going down (and slowing down a tad). Shape the dynamics quite heavily on solo passages. Listen to the real thing and try emulating.
Don\'t forget to put in the extra time on your tempo tracks. Real orchestras constantly speed up and slow down. They do not play to a click track!