The most compact of the bunch here, the Nova has quite an array of controls and readouts with five knobs and five buttons besides the two footswitches. Based on TC’s classic 2290 rackmount studio delay, the Nova is a pure digital delay with pristine sounding repeats if you want them but with the option of making them sound like older analogue or tape delays with a ‘color’ knob that progressively removes that digital sheen. Light, medium or heavy pitch modulation can also be dialled in to help the blend. Six different delay types are available from a straight delay line through dynamic delays that become more prominent when you stop playing, ping-pong and panned delays, reverse and slapback. Tempos can be set manually in milliseconds (ms) or BPM, or with a tap tempo button that has two modes – hold it down and you can input the tempo by hitting your strings twice. Whatever master tempo is set, you have a choice of standard quarter note repeats, dotted eighth notes or eighth note triplets so you can set up a nice rhythmic delay and get the timing exactly right onstage with the handy tap tempo switch.