Hey what can anyone tell me about the TC Nova Delay? I'm considering replacing my DD-20 with it, and I wanted to know as much about the good, the bad, and the uglies as I can. Specifically, I am looking for transparency and features. Thanks!
There are a few I have but the biggest one for me is that the DD-20 has the ability to be the most flexible live on the fly setup. Once you add the FS-5U external switch you can have 3 switches:what advantages would you say the dd-20 has over the nova?
it's a tradeoff between sound and features. I sold my DMM after buying a memory lane and I've since bought a Nova as well. Neither can quite nail the sweet modulation of the DMM.Can anyone compare the Nova to the DMM? I am looking for a smaller more versatile delay to replace my DMM, but I am scared to lose the great analog modulated delay that the DMM provides
Completely agree. Especially the part about not knowing the parameters of your presets. Nevertheless, it does sound fantastic.I don't know the DD-20, but have a lot of other delays, and the Nova is in a class by itself.
A couple of excellent features:
- calibration. This "fine tunes" the input A/D converters, and allows me to use it in hot effects loop (rackmount levels), but also helps get you the best signal-noise for whatever setup you use. Big plus.
- Dynamic delay. This is GREAT. "Ducks" the delay when you are playing, and it comes up again as soon as you stop...also very important that you calibrate (calibration takes just a few seconds).
-the presets. nice thinking on this, that you can limit (it has up to nine presets) how many are available, you can have 1, or 1 and 2, or 1,2, and 3, etc.. Which is very nice for live play, so you can have only the number of presets you really need and don't need to "scroll" by unused ones to get to another.
- Presets also allow you to choose if you want to use whatever the current delay time is or have it automatically choose the one in the preset. This is done on a preset to preset basis so you can have preset 2 use whatever delay time happens to be set, and preset 3 automatically choose 220 ms, or whatever. Same thing with preset being so that when you turn off the pedal the delays continut til they die out.
I'm impressed with the user interface, but like any complex multi-function box, you do need to get used to it, and work with it to get it to be inuitive.
I think they did a great job. Also love the ability to set the delay time by hitting notes on the guitar.
BAD points... unless I am missing it, there is NO WAY to tell what a preset has each parameter set to when it comes to the knobs. This is amazingly stupid, as sometimes you find a wonderful setting by accident, or want to tweak a great setting for the environment, but just a small tweak, and you just can't know without having written down what the settings were.
That is just insane.
I can't figure out how one bumps it though...I mean accidentally, being up on the upper left side and all. Did you bump it with your foot?The only other cool/negative thing I've found is if you accidentally bump the delay time knob from center it starts counting up or down and doesn't stop until you tell it to. This can be very cool if that's what you're going for, or not so much if it's purely an accident. At one of the last few gigs I looked down when something didn't seem right and I see the ms going up incrementally and well over 1000.
I had the same problem with the feedback-knob. It was pretty fun actually becouse it fitted into the song...The only other cool/negative thing I've found is if you accidentally bump the delay time knob from center it starts counting up or down and doesn't stop until you tell it to. This can be very cool if that's what you're going for, or not so much if it's purely an accident. At one of the last few gigs I looked down when something didn't seem right and I see the ms going up incrementally and well over 1000.
Yes - very tight eight pedal board, with two pedals above the Nova. Pretty sure I was going for a quick trem on/off for a held chord when it happened.I can't figure out how one bumps it though...I mean accidentally, being up on the upper left side and all. Did you bump it with your foot?