TC Electronic ND-1 Nova Delay Review

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Summary

Pros: It’s got tons of options, cool sounding effects, and a vintage look.
Cons: It’s quite expensive.
Overall: A pretty awesome delay if you need all the options, but there are more affordable delay pedals if you don’t.

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Don’t be intimidated by this pedal. This is the kind of equipment that, when most guitarists first take it out of the box, would think: “Oh jeez, I’m not going to ever figure out more than half of what this pedal probably does.” It looks like some sort of sci-fi space module. It’s got buttons and knobs and a display screen with numbers that seem to be always going up or going down and you’re never sure why.

Despite looking complicated, I had this baby pretty much dialed in after 15 minutes of fiddling. First, there are the usual delay rotary knob suspects–delay (time), feedback, and mix level (effect volume). Beyond that, there are two more very cool rotary knobs. The first is the mod level. This allows you to give a different color to the effected signal, from totally normal and un-effected to a wild warbly chorus sort of thing. The second extra rotary knob is my favorite. It’s called “color” and what it does is allow you a spectrum to move along between a warm, round analog delay sound to a crisp, sharp digital delay sound. And the difference is really noticeable. In fact, I was never so schooled in how different analog and digital sounds can really be.

The pedal allows for tap tempo–a big plus. It has only six delay effect options: delay line (normal delay, I guess), dynamic, reverse, ping pong, pan, and slapback. And here’s where I’ve got to lay down a criticism:

That’s it? For the price tag, one would also expect tape delay, lo-fi, and a looping function? There must be more!

Well, relax. We’re not quite done here. You can dial in up to 9 presets on this pedal, allowing you to switch back and forth between some of your favorite sounds with minimal on-stage tweaking. It’s got three different modulation settings which are all further modifiable by the mod level rotary knob. It kind of redeems itself but I can’t get past how much it is, especially when you think of all the other awesome guitar toys you can get with that money.

My final word is, if you have a huge budget for a delay pedal; take a good look at this one. It really is pretty cool. If you’re like most guitarists who are regulars at their local pawn shop, don’t tease yourself, check out some other pedals that do most of the same things (and maybe more) for half the price.

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TC Electronic ND-1 Nova Delay Review3.5Admin2016-03-31 03:41:53Don’t be intimidated by this pedal. This is the kind of equipment that, when most guitarists first take it out of the box, would think: “Oh jeez, I’m not going to ever figure out more than half of what this pedal probably does.” It looks like some sort of sci-fi space module. It’s got buttons and knobs and a display screen with numbers that seem to be always going up or going down and you’re never sure why. Check Amazon Price…

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