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 ma...
On this [artist page](http://www.tcelectronic.com/bill-kelliher/) for Bill Kelliher of [Lethargy](https://equipboard.com/band/lethargy), [Today Is The Day](https://equipboard.com/band/today-is-the-day), and [Mastadon](https://equipboard.com/band/mastodon), we see the many TC Electronic pedals he uses, among them being the TC Electronic Nova System.more
"At the heart of it is TC Electronic's Nova System. This little box is great. Although it's slightly scaled down from the G-Force rig that I'm used to, it still has tons of features for such a small unit. I got a VHT/Freyette GP3 preamp going into the Nova System. The Nova is going out to a Freyette 2/90/2 90 watt stereo power amp, then into a 4x12 cabinet. I'm still waiting to get the GP3 back from being repaired, so I haven't even heard it yet. I hope to have all of this ready for the BOC gig in Atlantic City at the end of the month."more
> I’d seen it advertised and reviewed in several guitar publications and websites, and reading the various critiques of the unit got my curiosity going. Thanks to my friends at t.c., the newcomer was at my doorstep in a matter of a few days. Chock full of flashing lights, an illuminated screen display, and more sound choices that most of the ’60s and ’70s records put together! It comes with 30 factory pre-sets, and has capacity for 60 more user-defined ones. But “first things first”. How does it sound? I gave it its initial trial last June at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. I was a guest of The Ben Waters’ Boogie Woogie band – and in this instance, subtleties can be most important – and were! Bottom line, it sounded great. I had programmed up a couple of pre-set banks a few days earlier – one pretty much emulating what my old Korg board did, and a few other more …adventurous ones. So far, we are most impressed. Recently I’ve been using it in the studio. I thought I’d try plugging it in D.I. with the unit’s “Redbook” speaker emulation. Winner. Those flashing buttons and illuminated do-dads all serve practical purposes. There are memory locations within memory locations! The device is totally midi-compatible, so if you utilise midi in your show, whether at small venues, or in huge arenas, total control of your NOVA can be run via a master midi controller. Yeah, geeky. I’m still discovering a lot about the NOVA, and will of course keep you updated, but I can tell you “it’s a keeper”. There’s much more in-depth info about The Nova System on t.c.’s website here.more
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.
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.
Our lead guitarist's primary multi-effects rig. This thing is rock solid tank and is loaded with killer analog tones. The tone bank switching is a little on the pokey side, but with a TC Helicon G-Switch it's more than responsive enough for live work.
This is the nerve center of my rig. Not only does it handle all of my digital effect compositions, but it is a great midi controller to switch between my amp channels.
Great quality effects for the price. Many sound sculpting features. Sounds good enough for a pro rig. The analogue drive sections sounds great but can also be taken completely out of the signal chain.. Only missing a wah sound to be used with the expression pedal.
I am using it in simplified set up for gigging, it works really well and most importantly means I can do away with a massive pedalboard, and could just simply have the Nova System and a Wah pedal and I am away! The effects are pristine in quality. I think the analogue drives are really good (not for metal). For pure simplicity, the Nova system is just fantastic!
Everything on the TC Nova system sounds good, particularly the analog OD and Distortion, but the pitch effects, modulation effects other than trem and all the analog voiced delays sound a little plasticy compared with say the standalone toneprint pedals. Not sure why. Also, when you want compression its digital so the analog, uncolored pass through of your dry signal is shot to shit if you want to do traditional compression with 100% wet for a clean country pickin' patch with some tasteful verb or slapback... I dunno. I wanted to like this gadget more and it’s really not bad at all and VERY comprehensive for such a compact gadget, but even the drive and distortion is a letdown in that the circuits are dumbed down a bit from the standalone Nova Drive (which I also own, more on that anon dear fiends). While the Nova Drive is a TS/SD1 type OD and Proco Rat type Distortion with digital encoders for pots an, preset saving, midi in and thru but all analog and true bypass and you would think they ported that 1 to 1 into the fancy Nova system they DID NOT. The standalone dirt pedal has a Voodoo Lab sparkle drive type of clean blend knob on the OD side and independent bass and treble controls for the Rat style Distortion, both of which boutique mods to these classic circuits are ultra handy in my boat to really get the effects mated with your amp. I think because the Nova System offers EQ at the end of its signal chain they decided to simplify things in the drive circuit, but the system has digital EQ and setting it to 100% wet for a patch means compromising your analog signal (just like using the compressor). Furthermore the stereo implementation of this unit sucks. It’s basically just right and left wet signal out of phase like on a CE-3 chorus unless you use a cheesy ping pong delay or panning trem. Yes I can successfully drive 2 amps with this unit, but I wouldn't call it stereo. You can't assign any of the mono effects like detune to be 100% wet on one side and 100% dry on the other for instance, which makes double tracking effects impossible to execute without resorting to more pedals and processors. Long 'n short, this is NOT an all in 1 box for very application. It is an ideal Fly Date effects solution when you are using generic rented backline. If I have to build a pedalboard anyway I am going to get an independent midi controller, lay down my nova drive, Flashback X4 and something for detune into one side of my rig and have done with it. Good try TC. It’s sad that TC saw fit to discontinue the innovative Nova Drive but keep the mediocre Nova System on shelves. They could ditch the delay too since the Flashback series beat the crap out of the Nova Delays (which seem to be exactly the same as the early G series delays, nothing special other than ducking and 2290 modes). I got my Nova system really cheap and it’s worth it for $200USD or less in good condition. Otherwise I say pass on this one. TC should revamp tis little guy because it’s ALMOST the perfect compact MIDI effects solution but for a few details. Sadly those details matter a lot to me. I am probably going to liquidate this in favor of the discreet MIDI components I previously mentioned. Hopefully I will catch a good market week and make a small profit. I was promised jetpacks and got a hot air balloon, YMMV though.