April 4, 2007

TC Nova delay...

by Chris Randall

This got lost in the shuffle of all the Messe announcements, at least as far as I was concerned. This is the Nova delay pedal from TC. According to the available liturature, it has features cribbed from what is, in my oh-so-humble opinion, the best digital delay unit of all time, the 2290. (I would still like to have one of these, and as soon as I see one that isn't prohibitively expensive, it's coming home with me.)

This, like at least one of the other new TC pedals, is obviously direct competition for the Eventide Timeworks pedal. I have to admit that it gave me some food for thought, even though I've already decided to purchase a Timeworks as soon as they are available. No MIDI, unlike the Timeworks, and that's a bit of a drag, but it has a crafty method for beat-syncing delays which some people (people who, unlike me, haven't memorized bpm to ms charts; in other words, people with a life) may find quite useful.

Don't know what it costs yet, but judging from the feature set, and the price of its companions, I believe it will come in under the Timeworks by a significant margin. I have to say that my heart still belongs to Eventide, who can do no wrong in my book. It's a good time to be a fan of delays, though, I'll say that much.



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Apr.05.2007 @ 7:09 AM
Greetings back to Japan Adam :)

Anyway, for the same reason why the TC 2290 sounds that good,
the Lexicon PCM-42 also sounds good: The AD conversion scheme
is completely different...
That's probably why those 2 are the most wanted classical delay
units out there...




Apr.05.2007 @ 3:22 PM
penzoil washington
Delay is an area in which computers actually satisfy me, although I keep my SRE-555 Space Echo and my Dynacord analog delays (VRS 23 + another one I forget the model of).

Apr.05.2007 @ 4:07 PM
Good points, everyone. As Adam mentioned, aside from the Dynamic Delay algorithm, there are other factors that make 2290 sound the way it does. The same goes for PCM 42... AD conversion method is just a part of its magical sound.

If I remember correctly, a few years ago, Andy Wallace gave away one of his tricks on a GS thread which doubled up the price of PCM 42 almost instantly! the trick is to use PCM 42's built-in "overload compressor".

Basically he makes a pair of lead guitar or vocal tracks and puts the PCM 42 as an insert on one of the channels, then he overloads the input and brings down the output level (without bringing in the delay, of course).

Oops! sorry, I guess I went a bit off topic.


Apr.05.2007 @ 10:21 PM
penzoil washington
______________sounds good on overload - the mark of great gear______________

Apr.05.2007 @ 10:21 PM
What is different about the TC 2290 AD? Is it like the Emulator II? The Emulator II was 8 bit, but instead of storing amplitude, it stored dynamic change - most of the time it sounded closer to 12 bit (although that depended on the amplitude changes in the sound itself... low frequencies sounded clear, high frequences sounded 8 bit)... which is why the Emulator II has such a cool sound. I think this is called DPCM (for Dynamic Pulse Code Modulation).

I am interested in how they would do something different than PCM? It must have been DPCM, because I can't really think of how (or why) they would do something different.


Apr.06.2007 @ 5:57 PM
I've been able to dig out the following link, that describes some of the magic behind the PCM-42 sound:

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