Steven Tyler is undoubtedly one of the most iconic rock vocalists of all time. Although Steven has a natural gift of showmanship, his voice alone allows us to feel his emotion and passion without any need for theatrics. His vocal range is extremely impressive and gives him the unusual ability to cover more of the audio spectrum than most singers. A lot of sources say that Steven Tyler’s vocal range is C#3-D5; however, he actually reaches E6 in the song “Crazy”. The note is so high that it almost gets lost with the guitar, so a lot of people don’t even notice that it’s his voice. A more discerning ear, or listeners with high end speakers may have better luck isolating the vocals. I actually tested this out on my wireless, battery-powered Audality S3 speakers versus the crappy system in my car, and it checks out.
I specifically chose to spotlight his career because Steven Tyler truly understands the importance of sound quality in his performance, which is something we perfect in every one of our wireless audio products.
Apart from the genius that is Steven Tyler’s art, it is truly admirable how well he has taken care of his instrument. At seventy-three years old, Steven can still hit the same high notes he did twenty-five years ago. I used to joke that he had mutant lungs, but after some digging, it turns out there’s a good reason for how he has managed to keep his voice intact. Steven Tyler uses a technique developed by Italian opera singers called bel canto. Bel canto teaches you to breathe properly in order to not strain your throat. This technique actually makes your voice stronger as you get older, hence the incredible endurance of his vocal cords.
It turns out that I am not the only person out there who was convinced there was something supernatural about Steven’s vocal abilities. Shortly after Tyler had to have surgery to remedy a ruptured blood vessel during a performance of “Dream On”, National Geographic featured him in their documentary “The Incredible Human Machine”. Once he had healed from the laser surgery, they actually used his case to research the resilience of the voice after years of strain. They took real-time measurements of his vocal cords and found that in one show his vocal cords collided 780,000 times (and they estimate that they have collided over a billion times in his career). It’s remarkable that he made it twenty-five years of performing with just the one injury.
Steven Tyler has the utmost respect for the quality of his sound and his performance, which is part of what makes him such an incredible performer. His dedication to take care of his instrument has allowed him to continue to perform at the same level into his seventies without any loss in range or ability. Steven Tyler's commitment to his distinct sound, perfect sound quality, and uncompromised performance has driven his successful musical career.
At Audality, we share that passion for audio quality, so we make the only wireless audio technology that can reproduce the full audio spectrum in a wireless, battery-powered sound system.