The Nova System looks like its designed to take plenty of stage abuse without flinching. Its mains-powered via an IEC cable, so there are no messy wall warts and the socketry offers plenty of potential for different usages. Besides the guitar input, theres a line input to allow use in an amps effects loop, while the output can be stereo or mono. S/PDIF digital I/O is provided, as are MIDI in, out and thru sockets, while a pedal in socket allows the connection of an expression easy-action footswitches are arranged in two sets of four, one set higher than the other for uncluttered operation. When any one is active its surrounded by a red glow, so you know exactly what your status is. The Tap Tempo switch flashes constantly in time. The large backlit LCD clearly displays patch names and parameters flanked by four soft knobs for quick editing. Calling up effects and parameters is facilitated by several soft rubber switches.