TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal 889406755864

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love the NOVA System

There were alot of problems in 08' with the Nova system. I bought mine in OCT 08' and the dealer assured me that TC said they have fixed the issue. I've used it...Read complete review

There were alot of problems in 08' with the Nova system. I bought mine in OCT 08' and the dealer assured me that TC said they have fixed the issue. I've used it in front of my Fender Deville 2x 12 equiped with Celestion Vintage 30's (which were not stock on the amp.) I also use a volume pedal. It's the only multi-effect unit that I would consider professional quality. I don't like other multi units becasue they sound as cheesy and processed as they look. I also don't like multi units with the COSM technology. I don't want extra pre-amps. I just want a great basic tube tone and great effects to add to it. The Nova system allows me to dial in the right type of drive with some pretty nice delay and reverb. I like to mix a room reverb from the Nova w/ the Fender verb from the amp. Sometimes I play certain rooms and just want to kill the big reverb so I step on the button and it's off! I don't have to change presets. I can turn off the effect as I need. I love that about this unit. The distortion is warm, crunchy and BIG! I can juice it up and get a very 80's guitar tone by turning on and adjusting the built in EQ. Actually it would be nice if there was a stomp button for the EQ but there isn't. Also the control parameters can be confusing. I don't care what Hi-cut and Low-cut are, just let me see the EQ wave shape so I can program it like a graphic EQ. Other than that, it's built like a tank, and sounds great. The Nova system is awesome! I love it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Software/hardware malfunction is a MAJOR ISSUE

The price has dropped significantly on these units in the last two weeks. Guitar Center was awesome in matching the price of another on-line store and I was very much looking forward to hooking...Read complete review

The price has dropped significantly on these units in the last two weeks. Guitar Center was awesome in matching the price of another on-line store and I was very much looking forward to hooking up my Nova System. I watched several tutorial videos, knew how to set up my input signal, knew to plug into the drive input and was getting a really nice sound when I noticed my guitar was a little out of tune. Bad idea. I hit the "hold for tuning" button and held it. The display showed two red zeros instead of the note I was playing (no matter which note I played). I thought this was odd, but didn't think too much of it, assuming perhaps I'd misunderstood the tuner function. The tuner otherwise seemed to be working but that's when I realized that no matter what I did, I could not exit the tuner function. I've tried to reset the system parameters, I've tried to hit single buttons, multiple buttons, I've tried everything I can think of - no exit to the tuner function. This means I also can not access the tap tempo function of the unit. And to make matters worse, the Pitch button on my unit is not active in Pedal mode or Preset mode. In Pedal mode I can not access the Pitch effects. In Preset mode I can not use the Pitch button to page down through banks, I can only use the Mod button to page up. Now, I'm fairly confident that Guitar Center will make this right, but the bottom line is I have a gig on Sunday and I was really hoping to use this baby! Given the new price I will probably try to get a functioning unit and still give it a go, but this is really making me wonder about whether the unit will hold up over the long haul. I'd suggest you try your unit out in the store and make sure it's fully functional before you take it home. Had I realized the problem immediately I could have had them ship another unit immediately. Big bummer for me.

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(31 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the NOVA System

By Chris Thomas

from Pittsburgh , PA

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

There were alot of problems in 08' with the Nova system. I bought mine in OCT 08' and the dealer assured me that TC said they have fixed the issue. I've used it in front of my Fender Deville 2x 12 equiped with Celestion Vintage 30's (which were not stock on the amp.) I also use a volume pedal. It's the only multi-effect unit that I would consider professional quality. I don't like other multi units becasue they sound as cheesy and processed as they look. I also don't like multi units with the COSM technology. I don't want extra pre-amps. I just want a great basic tube tone and great effects to add to it. The Nova system allows me to dial in the right type of drive with some pretty nice delay and reverb. I like to mix a room reverb from the Nova w/ the Fender verb from the amp. Sometimes I play certain rooms and just want to kill the big reverb so I step on the button and it's off! I don't have to change presets. I can turn off the effect as I need. I love that about this unit. The distortion is warm, crunchy and BIG! I can juice it up and get a very 80's guitar tone by turning on and adjusting the built in EQ. Actually it would be nice if there was a stomp button for the EQ but there isn't. Also the control parameters can be confusing. I don't care what Hi-cut and Low-cut are, just let me see the EQ wave shape so I can program it like a graphic EQ. Other than that, it's built like a tank, and sounds great. The Nova system is awesome! I love it.

(18 of 83 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

nova

By jamie

from phoenix,az

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

way too processed. Took the tone right out of guitar and amp. REturned the item after 20 minutes of trying it out. Unsatisfied

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Awesome!

By Ray-Ray

from Tampa, FL

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

This is an absolutely wonderful multi effects unit! For the price, I promise you will not find anything like it. If you are a fan of T.C.'s delays, reverbs and mods than you will love this unit. Controlling the unit is super easy, and saving presets is a snap. If you are worried about tonal integrity...stop. When I plugged in and ran it in front of my set up it didn�ۡ���t compromise my tone. Whether I was using a Les Paul, Music Man, or an RG series, the Nova kept all of their unique sounds intact. The drive channel is not as disappointing as I first feared. I use it pretty often. It�ۡ���s not like running into an all tube 100 watt head, but it�ۡ���s analog and you can get some good solid tones out of it. I�ۡ���ve done some commercial work with the drive and some other players couldn�ۡ���t believe it. The Nova System has convinced me to purchase the G-System too. If you can get the Nova System do so, you won�ۡ���t be disappointed. Keep the music going!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TC Nova Systems

By Steve

from Canton, Mi

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

I play guitar, bass, and two types of Chapman Sticks. What I don't want are effects for each one, I also use acoustic guitar amps to play everything through. I've used multi-effects from Boss, Line6, Digitech all of which I've found to be overloaded to the point that dialing in what I need often takes too long, and the layout of the control pedals always seems to lack what I need. The Nova Systems is a "barebone" setup with the basic stompbox effects with a button for each. It doesn't have everything the "other guys" have, but has everything I need with a high quality sound and easy operation. Works fantastic with all my instruments. I've been playing with other people more often, requiring me to be able to adjust to different styles. With the Nova I don't have to scroll through amp cabinets and a lot of other items I never use, and no one waits on me anymore when I need to find a new sound. There is a delay when switching presets, however that's a non-issue for me as I can conveniently switch on and off individual effects that I use. Have not tried it, but TC has a "G-Switch" that can be plugged in for switching presets faster.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great worship tool!

By Joe

from Albany, OR

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

I have been playing with this tool for about a month now and it keeps blowing me away. The Nova system is very flexable and has a great tone. The analog drive circuit is what really drew me to the Nova system and I assure you it does not dissapoint. The drive spectrum is so vas it makes the system appeal to all types of players. The quality of the effect sounds are far beyond what I expected, and I would and have recommended this to other players. Thank you TC!

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for non-metal

By Winzlo

from Minnesota

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

This pedal has everything I could ask for in terms of the core modulation, pitch, delay, reverb, compressor and boost features. Distortion/OD seems a little week and to my ears, has too much of the guitar mixed in. Adding a Nova Drive resolved my issues and gave me every tone imaginable for music of ALL styles. Since I play in a cover band, that is really crucial. So, if you are a non-Metal guitar player, you will probably find everything you would ever need in this pedal. If you add Metal or are exlusively a metal player, add a Nova Drive, connect via MIDI and you will have everything you could want!

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HOLY OF HOLYS

By Estevan Olivas

from upland CA

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

Once i got my nova system i took me a while to program it to get the sounds i was looking for but once i got it .HONESTLY it sounded beautiful the TC NOVA effects where stunning i play for my worship at church we have full worship keyboard bass guitar congos drummer sax my set up is a schecter c-1 classic with SEYMOUR DUNCANS and a mesa LONESTAR 100watt 2-12 combo i mix it up sometimes i use lonestar distortion and nova effects other times i put my lonestar on clean and use the nova system full on distortion and effects i really recommend the nova system i was really very surprised on how clear the effects are no muddyness and the effects dont cover the sound of your guitar a very solid product HIGHLY WORTHY FOR PRAISE

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TC Nova

By James

from NJ

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

I've owned many pedals over the years. All of these all in one effects have pros and cons. The modulation, delay , reverb section is great. The o/d dist section is a pretty good analog sound but there is a line in jack that bypasses the overdrive block allowing you to use better o/d pedals. All and all I'd give it an 8 out of 10. None of these all in one's do it all but this ones great if you don't want to carry a large pedal board.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nova System Review

By Shannon Pengelly

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

I had bought the G-major 2 but wasn't very happy with the noise factor and programing it was a pain. The editor software for G-major was a joke as well..very glitchy. So, I decided to simplify and NOT bring a rack and Midi footswitch to every gig, and went with the Nova System. MUCH BETTER! Except for extreme drive settings, this thing is MUCH quieter, more transparent and easier to program. A few wishes/complaints: the Phaser isn't great. You really can't get that funky MXRish thing out of it...it sort of sounds like another "type" of chorus. It just doesn't seem to be voiced properly for guitar in any setting. I wish, wish, wish you could run the drive section out independently to put IN FRONT of the amp, while using line in for an effects loop. Evidently only the $1500 G System lets you do this. I have other drive pedals, but now I have to bring them! Overall...enjoying it, it does what it does very well.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sounding Standard Guitar Effects and Reverb

By Ross Whitney

from Irvine, CA

Comments about TC Electronic Nova System Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

The delays and modulations are crystal clear, the compressor is very transparent, or can be set to aggressive levels, the reverb is smooth, pitch tracks well, and the analog drive is quite good from mild breakup to full on thrash. I haven't found any other guitar multi-effects pedal with this quality of sound. The limitations are the difficult-to-use, hyper-sensitive tuner (it doesn't stabilize on the tuned pitch), only one mod effect can be used at a time (eg., no simultaneous tremolo and chorus), a limited set of effects (e.g., no rotary speaker simulation), and a single routing option (either in front of amp or in loop, but not both at the same time). These limitations are not significant to me because I am using it as a minimalist practice and idea-generating device. I would need to supplement it with other pedals if I played live. Sound quality was more important to me than flexibility. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for recording.

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