Last week I was pretty impressed with the TC Electronic Nova Drive, so I wanted to take a closer look at some of their other products. Today, I’m going to talk about the TC Electronic Nova Repeater Delay. This is a pretty interesting delay pedal. Two items that immediately stood out for me was the tone and mod controls. The tone control can darken the repeats or brighten them to pure clean tone repeats. The mod control as modulation/vibrato to the delay for some shimmery or tweaked delays. Another interesting feature is the ‘dynamic delay’ where the delay does not get in the way of notes. So it’s great for lead work. Similar to noise gate, the delays sound out when you stop playing. Like a noise gate, you can adjust this with threshold. Overall, this seems like a pretty great delay.
Here is the official description of the TC Electronic Nova Repeater:
TC Electronic’s Nova Repeater is a ‘no-frills-with-a-sound-that-kills’ delay pedal. It’s perfect for guitarists who want instant and unique results, without the fuss. It features the same great sound quality that made the Nova Delay the first choice delay pedal for Paul Gilbert, Doug Aldrich, Nils Lofgren, and Allen Hinds. However, after listening to the guitar-playing community TC Electronic trimmed out the excess baggage while also including additional features over the Nova Delay, and designed it all behind a streamlined and easy-to-use interface.
Nova Repeater is all about simplicity. There are no hidden features or complicated functions—you just get awesome delays in an affordable and easy-to-use guitar pedal. Yet it is also feature-rich being the only pedal in its price range that has a dedicated tap tempo switch and amazing audio tapping technology that lets you set the tempo with your playing. And with 6 types of TC-quality delays and an unsurpassed feature-set Nova Repeater is quite simply a bargain.
Nova Repeater has 3 delay time ranges labeled for both min, mid, and max positions. These delay times have been carefully chosen to match the sweet-spot times used by most guitar players, making it much easier for you to dial in the perfect delay time—even without a display.
The TC Electronic delay pedal features 2 inputs dedicated to instrument or line level signals which means you can use it equally well in front of your amp or in an effects loop. It also has a ‘KillDry’ switch that makes it possible to use the pedal in a parallel effect loop and is also great for guitar players who use a mixer to prevent their dry sound from being processed. An FX.level pot lets you adjust the wet level of your signal which means that you won’t get annoying level drops on your dry sound—a common problem with other guitar effect pedals.
The TC Electronic Nova Repeater has a multifunction knob that lets you control the amount of modulation as well as turn the effect on/off. The chorus has been retuned making more dramatic modulation effects possible, and a vibrato mode has been added. This was a major request among Nova Delay users and makes it possible to emulate classic tape delay wow-and-flutter or create lush modulated pads with a volume pedal.
Again, taking on numerous user requests, TC Electronic added a dual delay—1/4 and 1/8 notes. This stereo delay is the secret behind Steve Lukather 80’s sound—just make sure you set the delay time at exactly 400ms.
This TC Electronic effect pedal also features an adaptive dynamic delay that automatically sets the perfect threshold for the ducking. No calibration is needed—even if you decide to turn up the volume during a solo, Nova Repeater will automatically adjust the threshold on-the-fly.
Here is a great video by tcelectronic:
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