TC Electronic Nova System Review

While any good guitarist doesn’t need a sound effect to sound good; they are great tools when it comes to creating iconic sounds – whether playing live or in the studio. For many musicians, the TC Electronic Nova System does just that with its all analog distortion/overdrive section and expression control. When looking for a floor-based, quality product for anything from light break up to total distortion, this system gets the job done.

The TC Electronic Nova System

It is based on simplicity and comes equipped with its programmable overdrive and distortion circuit under preset and expression control, known as Nova Drive Technology. This processor creates an outstanding quality of sound and is ready to use right out of the box. The TC Electronic Nova System is very affordable in comparison to other systems and can be found both new and used, although a new model is obviously recommended if you can afford it.


  • Compression, EQ, noise gate, modulation, pitch, delay, and reverb capabilities all included
  • 30 factory presets and 60 user presets
  • Preset and pedal footswitch layouts
  • Digital control pot meters
  • Balanced input and balanced stereo outputs

TC Electronic Nova System Pros and Cons

The TC Electronic Nova System comes with the capability to attach the TC Electronic G Switch 3 Button Footswitch. For even more customizability and users are able to save their favorite presets to use again later. However, it can be difficult to get ratty overdrive or fuzzy distortion. Presets are slow to change and moving between banks can be slow and clumsy. Cosmetically, it is very simplistic (which is a good thing) and the screen can be easily scratched.

Thoughts from Owners

Owners have found that it is easy to use the system’s switches on stage as they are spaced evenly. They also love the high quality sound and sound build and have found that this system is great for its price point. Owners have also found that it can be difficult to navigate. Especially for those who are new to digital guitar effects and many have dubbed the manual included with the system useless.

Gets the Job Done

The TC Electronic Nova System is not based on looks, bringing users a no frills way to get the job done. TC’s Website posts extremely helpful how to videos for those who are just getting started. That can actually be useful to guitarists of all levels as well when using the system. This model focuses on quality rather than being overly featured, and with a guitar and amplifier, users are ready to go.

If you’re looking for a great effects processor that creates a high quality of sound. This pedal is the perfect guitar effect for you. It offers excellent delay, reverb, and chorus, and the boost and pitch settings offer even more customization options. This system is smaller in size than other processors, so it is extremely portable. When you need a guitar effect that is a great value with all the options you need to produce high quality sound, the this system is it.

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