TC Electronic Nova System
TC Electronic Nova System

Nova System, Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from TC Electronic in the Nova series.

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 42 reviews )
 16 reviews38 %
 15 reviews36 %
 1 user review2 %
 2 reviews5 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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heads on fire10/31/2011

heads on fire's review"Excellent multi-effects unit!"

TC Electronic Nova System
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 - these are all digital
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
Very nice display feature
Anodized aluminum housing - very durable
Great switches


The Nova System is designed to replace a pedalboard setup. It is a multi-effects processor, which is a term that makes many guitarists groan - one tends to think of the old cheesy processor units with over a hundred sounds, but zero GOOD sounds - but this unit is full of excellent tones. It has a smaller amount of presets, as well as different effects models, as something like a Line 6 M9 has, but they tend to be higher quality sounds. The unit is really easy to navigate and program.


First things first - the delays and reverbs are PERFECT. They don't get much better than this, folks - you'd have to get into mega-expensive Axe Fx units to get any noticeable difference. The analog drive unit is surprisingly good. I thought the addition of having analog drive instead of digital distortion was a great move on TC's part - digital distortions frankly typically sound like crap. Now, distortion is one of the most personal of sonic touches that any guitarist looking for their "signature tone" can have, so it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but TC Electronic has made it easy to bypass the distortion signal so one can use one's amp distortion or another external pedal.


I love this pedal. The functionality is vast, deep, and yet simple. Two gripes - it weighs a lot for the size, so it definitely adds a considerable mass to a pedalboard. That's not totally a bad thing - it seems to be extra durable, but I wanted to mention this in order to be thorough. The other gripe I have is with the switching - it seems like the switch activates the function upon the RELEASE of the switch, and not upon the PRESS of the switch, like 99.99999% of all other units. This is a bit awkward to get used to. It's not the most annoying feature in the world, but for someone that is used to many sound changes in the course of a set, this can make the stomp timing a bit harder to nail.

All in all, this is a great unit.

moosers's review

TC Electronic Nova System
The TC Electronic Nova System is a multi effects unit designed for use with electric guitar. It is an analog pedal, but has digital features as well. It has 1/4 inch connections and is not a rackable unit as it is a stomp box.


The configuration of the TC Electronic Nova System is very easy to follow and to use, which is really one of its best qualities. It is easy to toggle between all of the different effects and it won't take too long to understand how to use everything in this unit. The variations on this are endless and it is great to have so many different types of sounds within one unit. The manual for the TC Electronic Nova System is very thorough and is definitely helpful to have around while you are learning this pedal.


The sound quality of the TC Electronic Nova System is very good and is what I have come to expect from TC Electronic, as this is just the latest great piece of gear that they have issued in a long line of great products. I only use this pedal with guitar, usually a Fender Stratocaster and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb amp. All of the effects on this unit are great, but I would say I definitely like the reverb and delay effects the best, with the chorus and other modulation effects coming next. Overall, all the sounds are useful and it is great to have so many great sounding effects within one powerful unit.


I've only been using the TC Electronic Nova System multi effects pedal for less than a year, but since I started using it I have become a big fan of this unit. I'm usually not a big fan of multi effects pedals, but this is an impressive piece of gear. The price isn't cheap, but it is reasonable for what you get and is really aimed at professionals and serious players. I definitely recommend checking out the TC Electronic Nova System if you are a guitar player looking for a multi effects pedal that is compact and sounds great.

delapierre's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Disappointing and very intuitive"

TC Electronic Nova System
Very disappointing from a qualitative point of view, apart from the name tc there is nothing special effects are bland and very intuitive régalges, complicated navigation deconseille I use this product for scenic.
Moreover the service is abysmal in France TC bad for me that was a fan of the brand


Complex and not intuitive


disappointing with fender strat config Deluxe and more mesa 50/50


After a week of intense programming I decided to sell it too galley and not adapted) use my scenic

legwenosor's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" its beautiful interface but indigestible!"

TC Electronic Nova System
see the net


use between my preamp and power amp in "line" input, so without the drive of the unit!!

then so that I separated, I found indigestible!

entire interface is complicated, many settings are not at all intuitive!!


sounds are GORGEOUS!!

I used mainly reverb / delay ... nothing to say super nice!!
I moons hanging in the octave (oddly I prefer that my G3 zoom) ... the whammy effect is very convincing!!
ok chorus, tremolo blah (I have not managed to settle it as I want) ....

short full of thing ...


I used 3 months, I had to really cheap (150 €)!!
for the price of 3 pedals, there is a tons of effects and sounds!

on the other hand I add an exp pedal and midi mouse ... there was everything you need except the simplicity!!
unintuitive, many hyper settings, I separated, although the sound is very nice but I did not dare touch it when I found an effect that nothing sounded good.

So very good camera but not easy to access!

Fredchsws's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" TOP AND MEANS FOR THE SATU"

TC Electronic Nova System
What are the effects or types of effects available?
+ All that there are traditional / wide NIOHC rev pitch delay, modulation ect .... And this part is really the top / quality and diversity

What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...) Are they edited?
Analog and Digital fx management

Via a Mac / PC editor? What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI) Is this a rack or rack MODEL?

noon pedalboard size


The general configuration is it simple?

Editing sounds and effects is it easy?


The manual is clear and sufficient? ...



The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
indisputable audio .... ben c TC quality, audio fx pro they do!!

Which instruments do you use?

ibanez, esp, prs, sigma (acoustic).

Which ones do you prefer, you hate

all the fx are top ..... the least: the distortion to the large metal .... (In use or saturated crunch "vintage" it makes the job)

simulaton of the HP is very effective ... it is more that illusion, it works really well.


ince how long you use it?

a p tit years

What is the particular feature you like best and least?
+ Flexibility: preset / stompbox ... ie, have its sound and have underfoot, accessible else fx pre defined ds this patch / sound

- No access to the EQ ON HP simultaneous fashion! damage

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

ho yes, I've skimmed the pedaliers multi fx!!

How would you rate the quality / price?
a view of the quality of fx (exept distortion), ie a top machine that buries share ca HD quality all the line 6 and other BOSS .. ect

With experience, you do again this choice? .

manuuux's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a gas plant!"

TC Electronic Nova System
to see on the site!


the manual is enough to learn how to manage everything, but it will take a little time to tame it!


a gas plant with great effect (a frightening variety of delay and reverb!)
there are some effects that are likely to "excess", but to find and customize "their" sound is perfect!


I used it for about one month, I wanted to try and I have not been over there has a lot of effect, some may be too much and the other can be a little better managed. However, some quality and really good, very realistic. It will take longer than 3 weeks to get familiar with because there is a lot of adjustment and it requires to be a serious look!
the effects I used are delay with tap tempo (ie top that!) overdrive may be lacking a bit of fishing, but it's still a good overdrive, distortion is not bad at all, and I loved: the octave! may be the expression pedal to resemble the whammy, but the sound of octaves and a more realistic-that it is missing!
I have not kept because there are many effects that I have ever used and I prefer to look exactly each pedal! but for a multi-effect is really good!

zosos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" potential!"

TC Electronic Nova System
wouldnt the above .. it is fairly complete

if we must detail what he did not: reverse delay, looper, polyphonic octave ...
the rest is very complete


I do not like the interface, take the shot, but it is not very intuitive ...
you lose a lot of time editing

the manual is good, but you have to peel

after such multif is very full, so we get something for nothing

I do not like the side "christmas tree" and the lcd unreadable on stage.

there a pedal and preset mode ... preset mode there is slight lag to changes in bank, it's still livable ... we must anticipate.
but it is strange for a recent product from TC


reverbs and delays at the top.
chorus hold up the tremolos are very beautiful but generate breath on extreme settings

distos and overdrive are not unusable if it compared to what I've read ...


6 months, it is necessary that I tamed.
So no reviews yet decided.
all this in the price halluciant some pedals, the value for money is excellent.
it makes a lot of things and does not take up too much space in the pedal board.

is objectively much better than Zoom xx xx GT boss or audio quality.

jazz_and_so_on's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Versatile multi-effects"

TC Electronic Nova System
All effects that needs a guitarist in the form of bracket. Digital circuit with an analog distortion. The connection is complete.


The Nova is a bit difficult to take in hand to the extent that its effects are editable. Better prepare his set before going on stage. The manual explains how to include the effects. The technique.


The effects are effective. Do not stop the presets that do not reflect the potential of the machine. I use it for electric guitar but it also works very well on an acoustic and a bass.
If we take the trouble to adjust with particular less impact than the presets supplied, it works very well.


I use it since I bought it. I tried a bunch of models before: pedals, racks etc ... I appreciate its compact size, the fact that it is extremely well built. The Q / P ratio is very good. I recommend.

frankyquébec's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" nova system issues qubec"

TC Electronic Nova System
Top Notch.




Very good


Hello. I come from Qubec, I work with the nova system for 2 weeks. J, but I love it, have some questions. J, Chang would like someone who knows him well because I also worked a lot with but I, have a few questions. thank you.

hft_45's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Multi effects but good ...."

TC Electronic Nova System
The Nova System has 7 "slices effects" broken down as follows:


- Overdrive
- Distortion


- Perc
- Sustain
- Advance


- EQ / Gate


- Chorus
- Flanger
- Vibrato
- Phaser
- Tremolo
- Panner


- Shifter
- Octave
- Wham
- Detune
- Intelligent P


- Clean
- Analog
- Tape
- Dynamic
- Dual
- Ping Pong


- Spring
- Hall
- Room
- Plate

To this you add a "boost" in the form of handy switch, a tuner, a tap tempo ...

A Line Input, Input Drive entrance, a MIDI standard (In Out and Thru) interface, a Return / Send Digital I / O SPDIF, 2 outputs Left / Right connection for stereo & a "Pedal In" entry up the rear of the pedal.

No PC Edition / MAC

Very solid pedal metal
No on / off switch


So use .... !

I have to admit I bought this equipment on the advice of a professional musician friend guitarist, and also general reviews lurking here & there on the Internet ...

Let's start with the manual (!) No person seems to be the adjective that best matches the user manual, unintuitive, this manual is intended for technicians used devices of all kinds!

Then the camera: Again, big disappointment for me, if the basic settings seem to be pretty well arranged, the menu navigation and more generally all the knobs of the device is tedious, not at all friendly and above must be absolutely connoisseur of all frequencies to be used for fine tuning as moult settings are in terms of frequency (Hertz) so who knows nothing and instead used to adjust knobs classic style Line 6 Pod may worry! This is typically the type of device that stresses you out completely if you live and there is no output volume: you will have to enter the menu and check data 50 to ensure that there has the volume!


This is the highlight of this device: the quality of effects!

There is nothing to complain about all the effects present in the Nova System, all "subcategories" confused ... Very good reverb, great delays, chorus, flanger, octave etc. ... If you manage to adjust and refine the sound especially when you can not be disappointed, because they are really clean.

One disappointment: the Drive "Disto / Overdrive ... So then I did not understand ... The settings are very limited, and its messy, confused ... Yet I tried several combinations but to no avail Compared to ... - would it - a Vox Tonelab Ex, there is no picture!


I used six months in 2010 and I just dropped because of its use tedious ... To finally come back, because you realize that there really is no good multi effects for acoustic guitars live and the TC NOVA SYSTEM seems to be the best compromise to date for this purpose. The sound, it is true, are enhanced with effects that TC contains.

What I like +:

- Very good clean effects, pure
- The strength of the unit
- The handy light switches on stage
- The "Boost" function ideal for solos

What I like -:

- Config tedious requiring advanced technical knowledge management (Hertz)
- Quality Drive (Overdrive / distortion) nonexistent and unusable for me
- No on / off switch!
- Zero update for 2 years while a SHIFT is necessary, if only at the level of the external pedal that can be connected: it never worked for either me or my friend, or for several users who have complained on the forums!

I would do this choice ... lack of choice currently on multi effects specifically dedicated to acoustic guitars!