TC Electronics Nova System: MIDI Issues

Posted: October 24, 2013 in FX, General
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This is just a quick post to share my recent experiences with issues regarding the TC Electronics Nova System.

I started building a board based around combining the TC Electronics Nova System and a Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 36 with other MIDI gear (G-Lab BC-1, Source Audio Programable EQ, TC Nova Drive (to be added)) controlled by a Behringer FCB1010 with UnO (modified to have no expression pedal hysteresis) when I hit a stumbling block – the tap tempo CC on the Nova System.

When setting tap tempo via MIDI (set to CC #30, sending alternate values of 0 and 127) the Nova System set the global tap tempo to its maximum BPM. If I engaged the tap tempo manually with the switch on the unit and then used MIDI tap tempo set fine. I reported the bug to TC Electronic, who admitted it is a known firmware bug, and that it will be looked at but can’t offer a date. Seeing as the last Nova System firmware dates back to September 2011 I’m not holding out for this.

So where has this left my MIDI board? Well, it floundered after this revelation as the NS was a core element. With known buggy firmware being in effect left (and TC are still selling new NS!) I’m not investing in the Nova Drive by these guys, I just can’t agree with that kind of company ethos. And with no other reasonably priced analogue drive with MIDI available it looks like the MIDI board is just going to have to wait. With the other known issues with the Nova System I’ve reverted back to a fairly simple board, and I couldn’t be happier.

Korg Pitchblack > G-Lab BC-1 > AMT Japanese Girl Wah > Way Huge Green Rhino > Devi Ever Hyperion > EHX Small Stone Nano  > Malekko 616 > Amp > Source Audio Programmable EQ > Hardwire DL-8.

It’s a shame as TC make some great gear, particularly their Toneprint range of pedals, but their MIDI approach has in recent years become half arsed. Need further proof look at the Flashback x4…

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