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TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal  

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Overview

  • 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
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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 29 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
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    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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    (1 of 1 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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      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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      (3 of 3 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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SIC

          By theroc165

          from your moms house

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            I just bought this used and have to say it has killer sound to it! Im running it through my loop on my tube amp and it blew me away, not a fan of non valve distortion so that feature is useless to me, but the verbs are the best ive ever used and it sounds so musical i want another one maybe even two more for my other loops i can run on my amps. I am sold on tc the textures are so rich i love everything about this pedal.
            Well done
            buy this if you like good sounding equipment, use it in an effect loop on a decent tube amp and it will blow you..............away

            Boom

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            (1 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            It can't touch real tubes

            By OtwellMusic

            from Cleveland, OH

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                Through much research and development, I have built a multi-component 12AX7 tube rig that I appreciate more and more each day. I have nearly perfected my tone and tone variations to the point of essentially having a four channel setup.

                I bought this Nova unit as a sanity check to see if a modern, all-inclusive floor unit could come close to my custom rig. On the upside, I was not surprised to find the nova system to be very useful and the sound quality to be good. On the downside, it could not come close to my tube-based rig.

                It turns out simply nothing out there can come close to real tubes. I continue to be amazed that 1800's technology still reins supreme for overdriven electric guitar tones.

                I returned the unit.

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                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nova System Multi Effects Pedal

                By Charles Drocea

                from NYC suburbs

                Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                fffG
                The tc elecronic Nova System is a programmable multi effects pedal with world class effects. 30 factory presets, 60 user presets. You can even download 44 presets from their website from people like Peter Thorn and Bumblefoot. Effects include tc electronic's world renowned chorus and delay, as well as multiple pitch, modulation, compression, reverb, dirt and boost functions. This pedal has allowed me to eliminate a massive pedalboard with thousands of dollars in boutique effects.If you're looking for amp modeling, you won't find it here, which is a plus IMHO. Suggest using a MIDI controller and expression pedal to get the most out of the unit.

                Having owned similar units by Boss/Roland, Vox and Line 6 in the past, this is the best sounding unit with the easiest most intuitive programmability. Like the other units, most presets aren't that usable from the factory, but provide a good starting point.

                Negatives? No on-off switch, no headphones out. Not deal breakers.
                SSB

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It should cost more.

                Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                What a great find. I play a variety of guitars: Original Gene Baker, Parker Fly, Custom Strat, and an Ibanez Euphoria (acoustic electric) live and studio. I have been able to use the presets and variations to the max for all four guitars. Built like a tank, seamless effects transitions, typical TC quiet, very easy to program from scratch or edit. Even though I have a Dumble, Hermida Zen, Stampede, Tube Screamer...the OD and Distortion pre's are pretty cool for the smaller gigs or light studio work. Sounds great in front of all my amps and direct into the board (live or studio). I play a lot of jazz, R&B, funk, folk, many rock genres, just no banjos. Heh, works great and is extremely versatile. For me it's a winner. A+ and had I not bought a G System rack... I never would have thought to buy this for not just convenience sake, but a plethora of sonic "paints" to choose from for the proper application. Great for when I fly out to a gig. Make em cry or melt some faces. Nice job!

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