Posted this over at Gearslutz as well, but thought it was quite funny, so posting it here as well, as I know quite a few of you have Nords.
Some of you probably know this already, but I'm sure a few of you haven't heard of it. I was troubleshooting my Nord Lead 2 when I stumbled across this weird little easter egg which will give your Nord a bunch of sounds based on physical modelling synthesis. You can't save in this mode, but can send sysex, apparently.
To access it, do this (copied from Nord User Forum);
[i]First you have to enter Pelle’s year of birth: 1965. Set Slot A to Program 19 and Slot B to Program 65. Only the numbers will do, so never mind if memory location 19 is holding another Program than the factory preset. Than press and hold the Portamento Auto button, after which you press and hold the Shift button (what else). Holding both press the Velocity/Morph button and release it again. Still holding the two first knobs press the Performance button and you will hear a click, which means the Pelle mode is active.
Only on the NordLead(1) and the Nordlead2; NOT on the NordLead2X, NordLead3 and NordLead4. It is an non-documentated mode which produces Physical Modeling and is only developed in an experimental state. It can't be saved, although it can be send using SysEx. It is a part of the Manual mode.[/i]