The Twin Sonic is in a way the Swiss army knife of the brand. Be careful, sometimes, even often, when you want to do too much, you do everything wrong. But OKKO's Twin Sonic excels in everything it offers, which makes it the German brand's flagship, in a way, thanks to its possibilities, its intelligent design, and its extreme efficiency!
The OKKO Twin Sonic is a two-in-one pedal, with an Overdrive and a clean boost that can act before and after the gain stage. Regarding construction and aesthetics, no surprise, the overall design is very nice, the case is top and the workmanship flawless, as always with OKKO! Let's quickly detail the front panel: We could separate the pedal into two sections. Left and right. On the left, the Overdrive strip, with the classic Gain, Level and Tone controls. As well as a cut button to attenuate the top of the spectrum without attenuating the rest (we would like to see this on many more pedals of the genre). On the right, the clean boost section, with the Push button allowing to control the level of clean boost (up to 20db) before the overdrive section, and More to control the one after the overdrive section. There is also a switch on the side that allows you to double the voltage online to obtain a more dynamic, less compressed drive, with more headroom.
The strong point of OKKO pedals, whether it's the Twin-Sonic or another, is that whatever you play, strato, les paul or otherwise, it will sound. Same thing for the amp, something extremely rare, they pass on very many amps without any other requirement. So we have with the Twin-Sonic a pedal that we can potentially use with a multitude of configurations. It is unusual and extremely appreciable.
With a superstrat in a clean base, we attack with the clean boost section, which turns out to be ultra transparent, dynamic and addictive. Indeed, once the clean boost has been activated, it will be very difficult for you to go back as it is flexible, musical and essential due to the additional dynamics and presence it brings. It simply sends. The Overdrive is just beautiful. A model of naturalness and musicality. Very transparent, it brings its own sound signature while fully retaining what is superimposed. Airy, punchy, with superb low-end response and extended midrange control, it's a huge slap in the face. It's complex, reactive, dense, really "amp-like". Haters of OD pedals can get dressed up, we challenge anyone to tell the difference between this one and a good amp channel. The Twin is an Overdrive bomb that will transcribe every nuance of your game.
Small important point, the difference between Push and More and therefore the two on-board clean boosts? Well, that's their position in the chain. The first providing more gain to overdrive the OD section or the crunch channel of your amp, the second providing more output level. These two knobs allow you to tune the Clean Boost part of the Twin Sonic very precisely to highlight your solos in the most effective way.
The Twin-Sonic is a success at all levels, an absolute reference for us in terms of versatile Overdrive, of the same type as the Diablo. A model has urgently tested if you find the whole thing seriously lacking in "pep and color". You will not be disappointed!