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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
  • Optional G-Switch for added control

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TC ElectronicNova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

69%

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

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quality build, great sound.

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,...Read complete review

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.

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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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By David Todor

from canada, kitchener

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Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

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.

(8 of 9 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:

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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

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great effects unit

    By ken 374

    from mi

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    Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    Great sounding unit. The EQ is stellar! it will really make your tone more pro. Yeah the chorus just fine with no problems at all,I think people dont know how to set it up right it sounds as good as my MXR stereo chorus. This wont tone suck either, I run it in my loops on my Fireball 100. No more patch cables to worry about, I love this unit!

    (4 of 4 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.

    (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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gigging guitarists best friene

        By The Redge

        from Northern Colorado

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        Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        I play in a popular cover band around Colorado. I'm expected to emulate every tone from the Police to Sublime to U2 to Van Halen. My old pedal board consisted of two od pedals, a distortion pedal, two delays, a noisy analog chorus, tuner, phase shifter, wah and octave pedal. I was running the wah and od's direct and everything else thru efx loop. What a hassle! I tried this out one day in the store using the Drive input direct. I was impressed. Finally, a digitally controlled pedal with an analog distortion - love it. I went home, looked at some of the web pages on this pedal and was back at the store the next day when they opened to purchase it. I have been using the Nova System exclusively for six months now. I use a Fulltone wah in front of it and go direct in to a Mesa Electra Dyne head set at 45 watts to a 2x12 open back Blue Alnico cab. I love the Nova System - the delays are awesome - the tap tempo feature is bright and beautiful - the od goes from subtle tube screamer to raging fuzztones - I honestly can't think of an effect that doesn't sound good - and if you don't like the effect changing parameters is simple. As for a review that stated this was cheaply made, I don't think they're talking about this pedal. There are videos of cars running over this pedal on TC's site - it's a beast. Other than a software Here's what I would change: 1. Light up the effect button names. After a few uses, you'll have 'em memorized but...2. Make it easier to scroll thru effect settings - as it is, you have to bend over and change from a tape delay to an analog type effect. It would be nice to have an up down button - especially going from flanger to chorus and overdrive to distortion. 3. The effect is not active until AFTER you release the footswitch. It takes a bit to get used to and not a big deal but for most guitarists it's intuitive to engage the effect as soon as you depress the footswitch - not when you lift your foot off of it. It's a very robust pedal - this week I'll be using it direct to a Jam Hub when we rehearse on the road. Looking forward to learning even more what this pedal can do. Nice work TC. Very nice indeed.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Bought it, tried it, sent it back

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Unit !!

        By Logico30

        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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        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....

          (3 of 6 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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