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TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

All-in-one guitar effects extravaganza.

The Nova System is the complete, floor-based effects solution for the dedicated guitar player who knows quality when he sees it. Its unique inclusion of an all-analog programmable distortion/overdrive section under preset and expression control makes it the perfect choice whether you want to trim down your rack setup, step up from your pedal patchwork or simply just want the ultimate combination of operational simplicity and audio superiority.

Add to this an array of effects taken straight from the king of floor-based multi-effect processors; G-System and you have top-notch compression, EQ, noise gate, modulation, pitch, delay and reverb right at your feet. All you need is a guitar and an amp and you're good to go — first class.

Genuine, Analog Drive Circuit

What makes Nova System so remarkably different is the NDT - Nova Drive Technology - a unique drive and distortion circuit that gets you the best of both worlds: World-class analog distortion and overdrive with digital control. This is the real deal — no modeling. While the NDT is 100 percent analog and physically separated from the digital effects, its control potmeters are digital. This way you can tweak, store and recall as many drive settings as you want - you can even hook up an expression pedal and control the amount of distortion in real-time. Its wide gain range covers your every need from light breakup to heavy distortion.

Top-notch Effects

Equipped with TC branded quality effects from delays and reverbs to compressor, EQ and modulation, the TC Electronic Nova System is the obvious all-in-one effect processor for any guitarist who wants setup simplicity without sacrificing tonal fidelity. All neatly programmable and storable in 60 user presets. Its 30 factory presets give you a demonstration of just what the Nova System provides; great sound quality and an immense versatility of effects combinations — all designed to get you started right out of the box.

FEATURES
  • NDT - Nova Drive Technology: All-analog programmable overdrive and distortion circuit under preset and expression control.
  • 6 effect blocks taken straight from G-System: Compression, EQ + Noise Gate, Modulation, Pitch, Delay, Reverb
  • 30 factory and 60 user presets
  • Two footswitch layouts: preset and pedal
  • Hi-Z and balanced input + balanced stereo outputs

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TC ElectronicNova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Compact (10)
  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Responsive (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (9)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing

    I have owned a lot of expensive gear, but this is the only useful unit that is easy to set up and sounds good that I have settled with. Sure you can get crazy...Read complete review

    I have owned a lot of expensive gear, but this is the only useful unit that is easy to set up and sounds good that I have settled with. Sure you can get crazy stuff, but you probably won't use 95% of the effects. The effects in this are useful and easy to set up. Did I mention the overdrive and distortion is analog?

    I would recommend this for any type of music as long as you are using an amp. I use Mesa amps, therefore I don't use the distortion on this unit (but I have used it before). If you are planning to not use an amp, this unit is not ideal to plug and play directly into the sound system.

    Hope this helps. Read the manual before you purchase and be realistic about the effects that you need.
    Let me start off by saying that I had expensive rack effects (Axe FX Ultra, G-major 2 etc), super high end guitar pedals, expensive multi effects pedals (had the Boss GT8 back in the day when it was the latest and greatest), and I have owned Vox AC30, Mesa Nomad, Dual Rectifier, Roadster, Hughes and Kettner Duotone etc. I am SUPER picky with my gear, and I expect high quality effects.

    What I love about this unit is the fact that all the effects are useful. I am a delay fanatic, and I love the delay options this pedal has to offer. It is easy to set up and configure. All the features this pedal has are useful. It can be set up multiple ways (stompbox style, preset style) to adjust to all your needs.
    Exceptional quality. I wish the knobs were less flimsy, but I take care of it so I have no problems. I keep it in a hard case at all times when I carry it around. The overall casing is metal, and the design is beautiful.
    If you think about it, its like owning a bunch of different pedals (distortion, compressor, delay, tremolo etc), but they are all integrated into one unit. I put it in a case and carry it, and its super easy. I don't have to spend money on buying individual pedals and connection cables. I plug into one unit, and occupy one power supply. I love the simplicity.

    If you are to buy all these effects separately, it would cost a lot of money. I give it full rating for value because its compact, built like a tank, easy to configure, and has high quality USEFUL effects.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bought it, tried it, sent it back

    I was intrigued by the button layout of this pedal. Based on that and my previous good experiences with TC products, I bought one. On the surface, it looks to be simple and...Read complete review

    I was intrigued by the button layout of this pedal. Based on that and my previous good experiences with TC products, I bought one. On the surface, it looks to be simple and intuitive to operate. I found that was not the case. Not only that, but I really did not care for the distortion. My objective was to get ONE pedal that did 90% of my effects needs, thereby lessening my cabling and hook-up hassle. It is nowhere near that ideal.Yes, the reverbs are nice, but not the stellar quality I expect from TC. The chorus was a real disappointment, and that's coming from a guy who LOVES the TC analog chorus. (which I have used for almost three decades now on numerous major label albums, including some platinum albums you probably have heard.)The delays are great... but i was dismayed to hear so much noise from this thing. It wasn't as bad as some pedals out there, but I really expected more from TC.I also had problems getting help on the user forums. The guys at TC were fairly quick to respond, usually within 24 hours. So I would consider that good service from such a famous company, especially considering that they are located across the Atlantic in a completely different time zone. I never did get my issues resolved though. I think the product was too new at that time and they weren't completely aware of all the issues with it.Well, I still love my other TC stuff, and mean no disrespect, but this pedal seems like a stock-box they stuffed full of spare software. The analog TC chorus still rules for sound quality and low noise. I love my G-Major too. But this is no substitute. It isn't horrible, but it is not a one-stop solution and it isn't worth the price.

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    5.0

    Quality build, great sound.

    By Waldo

    from Minnesota

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      I use mine two ways. In the loop on a Boogie DC-3 and in front of a Deluxe Reverb. I found editing the Nova easier than most multi pedals. Buttons for everything, lots less menu scrolling. I also use the software developed by users that can be found on the TC forum. That makes it really easy and you can quickly edit and name patches. Some reviewers have said it's noisy and I have not experienced that. The sound quality has been well covered and I'll agree, it's really good. My DC-3 has gain for days and beautiful tube reverb and I don't need anything in front. I don't even use the boost. Just a little compression and occasional chorus and sometimes I'll go really crazy and get my David Gilmour on with some delay. On the Deluxe reverb I run it in front and use the overdrive and boost for gain tones and solos. With an expression pedal, you can really tweak on the fly. For instance you can set it up to control the gain on the overdrive. Half way down for crunchy and all the way down for searing solo. The only thing that bugs me is the lights. Super bright on a dark stage and impossible to see which button is which so you have to memorize them. Also the tap tempo light gets annoying. Might be way to adjust that but I haven't figured it out yet. I've owned and still own Line 6 stuff and a huge Pedaltrain with some pretty expensive stomps. This works better.

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      5.0

      Great Unit !!

      By Logico30

      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        I've had this unit for about three years (and counting).It's my favorite piece of gear in my pedalboard.The analog drive circuit combined with the EQ can offer you a very very good distorted sounds.
        The booster also works excellent.Very useful.
        Delays, Reverbs and Harmonizer are absolutely awesome.
        You probably need to spend a lot of time trying to get your sound.But, when you get it, is like to touch the sky....

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        5.0

        Suburb sound effects pedal.

        By Crust

        from Brockton, MA

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

          nice noise maker...real nice.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          A Good Product

          By Robert

          from Joplin, MO

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

          It had all the things I was looking for, but didn't plan on several issues. If you want to adjust the compressor, I hope your a compression expert. The distortions in it are VERY Crunchy and not smooth at all. Lastly, it does generate a pretty good amount of line noise that couldn't be knocked out. This is because they didn't place the inboard noise suppressor last in the signal path. I'm not sure what their thinking was for doing that. Before this unit I had the Line 6 POD HD500X and experienced some of the same issues. The mother boards in these multi effects units are just not grounded that well to the chassis. On the plus side, There just isn't a chorus made in my opinion that competes with the Tri Chorus from TC Electronic. It is the fullest most warm sounding thing that must be heard. One last thing, I am a bit more critical of gear than the average user. So take all this with a grain of salt. I traded and went back to using individual effects. I do think it is worth a trial and maybe this product will work well for you.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AWESOME MULTI EFFECTS PEDAL

          By rockman831

          from Concord, NH

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Midi Switch
            • Performances

            Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            Let me start by saying any effect is going to sound better with a good guitar and a tube amp. If you want that thick, punchy, rich sound, go tube amp. Now for this unit. I have gone the root of quality pedals, but you wind up tap dancing on stage. Programable effects are great. Set your reverb,delay and clean on one button. Set your crunch and wah on another button, etc. TC Nova effects sound great. The distortion is very good but not great. I prefer the distortion and crunch on my amp. I use a Hughes and Kettner 3 channel Tubemeister 36.
            I will tell you another thing that is great about the Nova. I have midi on my amp, and Nova has midi. I connect a line to my amp from the Nova and program which channel I want, along with the effects that I want, on one button on the Nova. Awesome! The Nova becomes a midi switch. No more tap dancing.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Multi Effect On The Market !!!

            By rdj8607

            from Savannah, Georgia

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • User Friendly
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Church Praise Worship
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            In my opinion this is the best multi effect pedal on the market. I am comparing this to the following units that I have owned. Boss ME-70, DigiTech RP500, Line 6 POD HD500X, and Zoom G3X.

            First, this is NOT a modeling unit (effect or amp) so if modeling is what you want this is not for you. The TC effects in this unit are superb as compared to the above, there aren't as many but the quality is far better.

            The Line 6 had more features but the sound quality was very sterile and not what I hoped for. Additionally it required ALOT more set up time.

            The reverbs, and modulation effects on the Nova are awesome, and the delays are amazing (lots of head room). The distortion and OD are analog and sound great, however if you are into new metal or thrash you probably wont care for them. This unit also works very well with other pedals, I have a Mad Professor Golden Cello that I use for lead tone.

            Drawbacks: no volume pedal (just go by an ernie ball vp jr, and I would strongly suggest getting the G-switch or switch-3 to control the presets independently. But even with adding those you are still cheaper than the Line 6 POD 500x.

            Lastly, the tuner, I already had a TC Polytune and have compared the tuner in the Nova, and they both are accurate. The polytune is a lot easier to read so that's what I use.

            If you are into quality more than quantity this is the unit, the others seriously don't compare, esp. for the price. It's very simple to set up and use. Check out the videos on youtube and other reviews.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great sounds, not easily accessible

            By Pete A.

            from Illinois

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            Pros

            • Built like a tank
            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects

            Cons

            • Not Very Player Friendly

            Best Uses

            • I Don't Know

            Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            In an effort to simplify my setup I bought this unit. The problem I had was making the sounds readily accessible. I play mostly blues, rock, and soul music. I have no need for long delays or pitch effects. I may use a chorus or phaser every now and then. I wanted to just program in about 5-6 usable sounds and switch between them. If I wanted a clean sound with a phaser on one song and the same clean sound with a chorus on another, I would either have to program the same sound twice with a different effect, or use the same sound and then manually switch effects between songs. Either way it slows me down. It's the equivalent of turning pedals on and off and this is what I wanted to avoid. By buying this I thought I could eliminate some of that but it's just not designed that way. Also, the manual is not very clear- it was poorly written and took a while to just get to basic functions. i really wanted to like this unit because, as I said, it has some really high quality sounds. I did return it.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Sound Quality but not Perfect

            By gtrplyer

            from Los Angeles, CA

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Limited Selection Of Effects

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            First off, great sound quality and built like a tank. Would be great if they added a switch to change amp channels. Also, it lacks a Rotary/Leslie effect. That is my biggest issue. Not very intuitive interface and the manual is confusing but trial and error is working it out. Sounds good enough to replace my boutique pedal board for local gigs.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Real World Great!

            By Paco

            from San Juan, Puerto Rico

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                In a compact package one has a world of options with the superb quality of the TC Electronic brand. In my particular situation I need to program effects and be able to reacall them easily in a live situation and the Nova System does exactly that. The factory presets are not bombastic sonic useless waste. They "real world" usable just the right amount to use as they are or as great starting points to tailor to my own needs. It is logically set up so it is very easy to use. One can use it in an effects loop or straight into the front of the amp. I use it in the effects loop and in this manner I loose the drive and distortion of the unit but I have specific pedals that I rely on for that but I can tell you that the drive and distortion are very organic and analog sounding without any digital brittleness. It has replaced 75% of the pedals in my board with just one box. Playing live it has made my setting up and tearing down much simpler and being programable is the icing on the cake. It is also built like a tank.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Well Worth the Learning Curve

                By TheClev

                from Ohio

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                Pros

                • Analog Drive
                • Bang For The Buck
                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Move
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Difficult To Learn

                Best Uses

                • Blues
                • Home Studio
                • Performance
                • Performances
                • Worship Performances

                Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                I bought the Nova System to take the place of my pedalboard. As a worship guitarist who also gigs in multiple bands, I was getting tired of having to set up somewhere new for every practice and performance. I've never been a fan of processors, but this one blew me away. You can not only program presets, but you can program entire configurations of effects, essentially allowing you to create multiple pedalboards you can easily switch between mid song. Plus, thanks to the analog drive circuit, overdrive and distortion sound creamy and warm. It's not nearly as good as my BB Preamp, but close enough that I don't miss it when using the Nova.

                The only down side is the learning curve-if you buy this, plan on spending a lot of quality time with it your first few weeks getting the hang of programming and tone sculpting. It's highly programmable, but so must you be if you want to take full advantage and unlock the great sounds.

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