Musician Training Center - Software Documentation
Technical information and practical tips
on installation, uninstallation, upgrades, backup,
data protection, and more.
MTC for Windows
- Musician Training Center runs on all the versions of Windows
from XP onward: XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10.
- There are no special requirements. MTC
uses the sound card and the DirectX drivers
which are standard equipment on any
PC running Windows XP or later.
- The installed software takes about 30 MB
of space on the disk and 20-40 MB of RAM
when it runs, depending on how many tabs
are open at a time.
- The optional automatic and manual backup
(detailed below) system may also take several
MB of space.
- Detailed download and installation
instructions are given in the
- Default installation folder:
32 bit: C:\Program Files\Musician Training Center\
64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Musician Training Center\
- Default user data folder:
- Default backup folder:
Computer\My Documents\Musician Training Center\Backup
- Windows' standard uninstall procedure
removes the originally installed files:
Add/Remove programs >
"Musician Training Center" >
- To completely remove any remaining
traces of the program, manually delete
the data folders created at runtime:
- C:\Program Files\Musician Training Center (32 bit Windows)
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Musician Training Center (64 bit Windows)
- C:\ProgramData\Micrologus\MTC (user data files)
- Computer\My Documents\Musician Training Center\Backup(automatic backup files)
- Note: The [Sync] button of MTC allows you to save
all your training data in your online MTC account,
and restore it afterwards, with a single click,
on any computer.
Therefore, if you need to uninstall MTC from
a computer but you want to continue using it
elsewhere, click on the [Sync] button before
uninstalling, and click again on [Sync]
after installing MTC again elsewhere.
MTC for Mac OS X
- MTC for the Mac requires OS X version 10.5 ("Leopard")
or later, i.e.
10.6 ("Snow Leopard"),
10.8 ("Mountain Lion"),
10.9 ("Mavericks") or
- The installation requires
about 200 free MB of space.
- The Mac version of Musician Training Center is
actually the same as the Windows version, but
running inside a special virtual machine called
"wine" that makes it possible for it to run on
an Intel-based Mac with OS X version 10.6 or later.
- Because MTC runs as a Windows program
inside the "Wine" virtual machine which runs in your Mac,
the program will look somewhat different
(mostly uglier) from your other native Mac applications,
although we are working to improve that.
- The Wine system is installed automatically
when you install MTC on your Mac.
- The same Wine system can be used to run other
Windows programs on your Mac. For example,
many Windows-only games, multimedia applications,
etc. can be run on a Mac through Wine.
For more information see:
Step 1: Open the Applications folder,
select "Musician Training Center",
and move it to the Trash.
This step deletes the files that
were created during installation.
Other files were created during
the normal program operation. Here's
how to remove these files as well:
Step 2: In Finder, click on Go,
then "Go to folder" and then type:
From the Library folder, open the
"Application Support" folder
and then delete the
folder that you'll find in it:
And with that MTC is completely
uninstalled from your Mac machine.
The procedure for upgrading to the latest version
of Musician Training Center is the same on both
Windows and Mac:
- Automatic upgrade method 1: Click on the
in MTC's main page.
If a new version of MTC is
available, it will be downloaded in the background
and automatically installed the next time you start
- Automatic upgrade method 2:
Open MTC's Control Panel, page System,
and click on "Check for latest version". If a new
version is available it will be shown and downloaded.
The new version will be installed the next time
you start the program.
- Manual upgrade: If you want to upgrade MTC manually,
or if the above automatic upgrade methods don't seem
to work, you can always download the latest version
and install it on top of the current version.
The "My Drills" section of the program
allows you to create multiple kinds of exercises:
play-along compositions, scale patterns,
fretboard training setups,
compositions for improvisation training,
and much more.
Creating and developing these drills takes time.
To help you protect the investment of time and
effort that you make in creating the drills,
MTC gives you the following drills management
and backup functions:
- If you use MTC in connection with an MTC
account, when you click on the [Sync] button
the program saves a copy of all your drills
to your online account. You can then,
for example, install MTC on another computer,
register it with your MTC account, and click
on [Sync] to automatically restore all your
drills on the new computer.
- If you use MTC on two or more computers at the
same time, you can have MTC installed on all
of them, and use the [Sync] button to keep
your data in sync on all of them. When
you finish working on one computer, click on
[Sync] to save everything online. And when
you start working on another computer,
click on [Sync] there to update it with
all the latest data.
- If you only use one computer, do use
[Sync] from time to time anyway, as a
form of online backup. Computer problems
often happens suddenly and unexpectedly.
Using [Sync] ensures that all your drills
are safely copied on your online account,
in case anything happens to your main
- At the time of changing computer,
do a final [Sync] when you're done on
the old computer, then install MTC on
the new computer, register your account
in it, and click on [Sync] to get all
your data back.
- MTC also makes an automatic daily
backup of your drills to your local
hard drive. This adds another
layer of protection to your data.
This important backup function is explained
in detail in the next section.
- Another important help for managing your
training drills is the [Export]
button, which saves selected drills to
an external file, in XML format.
The corresponding [Import] button allows
you to load drills into the MTC system
from external files.
- In particular, if some drills are
especially important for you,
(e.g. if they contain some important musical
composition of yours) you can make additional
backup copies using the [Export] button
and then store those files anywhere you want.
Later on you can reload them into MTC with
the [Import] button, send them to other
MTC users, copy them elsewhere, etc.
Summary: MTC makes daily backup copies
of your personal drills on your hard disk.
- In the Control Panel > Backup page of
the program you can 1) make a backup of
your training data, 2) restore your training
data from a previous backup, and 3) change
the automatic backup settings.
- By default, the automatic backup is turned ON,
which means that MTC is automatically
making a daily backup of the drills you
create in the "My Drills" section of the program.
- "Automatic daily backup" means that any personal drills
that you created or modified on any given day will
be copied in a separate backup file.
- Automatic backup files are stored in the
Computer\My Documents\Musician Training Center\Backup
- In the Control Panel > Backup page you can
also do a manual backup of all the current drills
into a new folder.
- The same Control Panel > Backup page contains
the Restore function which allows you to reload
into the system any drills that you have backed
up, either manually or automatically.
- When you click on [Restore] and choose a source
location (a folder) the program makes a list of
all the backup files in that folder and shows
them to you.
You can then click and choose
the drills that you want to restore.
- If a drill
you are trying to restore is already present in
your data, the program will warn you and give
you the option to overwrite the existing drill,
create a separate copy, or cancel the restore.
- We recommend that you keep the automatic
backup turned ON. Computer problems tend to
happen when we least expect them. If you create
and use personalized drills, it's good to know
that the system is keeping a backup copy of
everything, "just in case".
- Because the automatic backup system saves a copy of
all changed drills every day, the automatic
backup system is also very useful as a sort
of insurance against accidental changes to
your training drills. For example, if you
accidentally delete some notes from a drill
and don't notice it until a few days later,
you can go to the automatic backup copies from
a date before the accidental change and recover
the information from there.
- The backup files are stored on your local
hard disk and are NOT synchronized to your MTC
account. If you start using MTC on a new computer,
the automatic backup starts from zero.
- You can copy the backup files into an external
drive, online drive, etc. The [Restore] function
allows you to read files from any folder, drive, etc.
- The [Sync] operation saves the most recent
version of the drills to your online account.
Automatic backups daily save all the modified drills
to your local hard drive. You can also export
drills to files and save them separately.
The combination of all these systems,
if properly used, makes it very unlikely
to ever lose any data: The [Sync] system keeps the
latest version of everything online, and in case
of accidental changes, the backup files and the
exported files allow you to recover a
previous version of your drills.
Summary: You can opt to run
the latest Beta version of the software
instead of the standard official version.
- In the MTC's Control Panel, System page,
you can click on the "BETA" setting to
turn it ON or OFF.
- After changing setting, you need to
let the program download the required files,
and then restart MTC twice for it to take effect.
- Some of the time, there is no separate
Beta version, i.e. it makes no difference
to run the Beta or the Official version.
At other times, the Beta version may
contain new features under development,
special bug-detecting code, etc.
- Upon request, our support staff
will advise you when there is some
significant benefit for you to use the
Summary: Internally, your data
is stored in compressed form
using a proprietary system.
Externally (e.g. when you
export a drill to a file,
or when you make backups to
local files) your data is
stored in open XML format.
- For speed and efficiency,
your local files used by the software
(drills, preferences, training
history, etc.) are stored using
proprietary data structures.
- To save space and bandwidth,
the data on your MTC account
is also compressed and transmitted
using a proprietary communication
system between the MTC software and
the online servers.
- At the same time,
based on the principle that
the data you create belongs to you,
the Musician Training Center software
wants to make it as easy as possible
for you to manage and control your
training data, including storing
it on your own drives and possibly
converting it to other formats of
- Play-Along drills,
in particular, may contain significant
compositions authored by you,
and therefore we want to make
it easier for you to preserve
and control such data.
- For the above reasons,
when the Musician Training Center
software saves your data in places
other than your MTC account and
the local system files,
your training data is stored
in local files in XML format.
- For example, when you use the
[Export] button to save a drill
from your My Drills section into
a local file, the data is stored in
open XML format.
- Backup files, both manual
and automatic, are also stored
in XML format.
the [Import] button in the
"My Drills" section can read drill
files stored in XML format
(e.g. by previous [Export]
or Backup operations)
as well as some other
- The XML structure of the
MTC drills is still evolving,
but we intend to make it fully
public and transparent.
- The XML structure of the
play-along drills in particular,
contains an XML description of
the notes and chords on the staff
and can be understood even
by the naked eye.
- If other software developers
wish to create programs capable
of reading the musical notation
in MTC play-along drills,
they may do so freely, and
if they need further information.
We will also publish an official
format documentation if there
will be enough demand for it.
MTC can connect to the Internet and
interact with online web services
provided by micrologus.com, and in particular,
synchronize your local training data with
an online account, which you can create
for free at
If you use the MTC software registered with
your MTC account, clicking on the [Sync] button
has the effect of saving all your local data
(drills you created, settings, progress history
of the various courses, etc.) to your online
account. Afterwards you can, for example, install
the MTC software on another computer, register
it with your MTC account again, and click on the [Sync]
button to restore all your personal drills and
training history on the new computer.
- Premium modules which are available for purchase
must then be registered to an MTC account to
be activated. This is done in the Control Panel
> Premium page of the program.
Afterwards, clicking on [Sync]
will cause the registered premium modules to be
automatically downloaded and installed.
- More details on the various uses and benefits
of the MTC account are detailed in the
MTC account documentation
The normal operation of Musician Training
Center does not require the computer to be
online, but several online services are
available if MTC can connect with the Internet:
- Registration with your MTC account.
When you enter your
Micrologus ID in MTC's login page,
the program connects to the Micrologus.com servers
and validates your account. This step
-- logging into MTC with a registered MTC account --
makes it possible to take advantage of
several online services:
- Sync. (Registration required)
Clicking on the [Sync] button connects
the program with the user's online account at
micrologus.com to perform 2 operations:
1. New data available on the
server is downloaded to the user computer.
This includes new versions of free or premium
modules, drills, settings, training history,
and other user data
saved to the account from other computers.
2. New data created on the user computer
is saved into the account. This includes
new and modified custom drills, training
progress data, preferences and settings, etc.
- Premium modules activation. (Registration required)
After purchasing a premium module
(e.g. one of the advanced course on scales, chords, speed building, etc.)
the user must register it with their MTC account,
in the Control Panel > Premium modules page.
Afterwards, whenever the user clicks on [Sync],
the latest version of all the premium modules
owned by the user is automatically downloaded
- Mailbox. (Registration required)
MTC includes a system for
sending messages and training drills to other
users of the MTC software. (Click on Mailbox
in the program's main page and follow the
- Feedback. (Registration not required)
MTC allows users to send messages (comments,
questions, bug reports, feature requests, etc.)
to the software developers from within the program
itself. When sending bug reports, users can select
an option to automatically include useful system
information with the message.
This information includes: software version,
MTC configuration files,
error logs, etc.
- Upgrade check. (Registration not required)
The Control Panel > System page
has a button to check if a new
version of the software is available and download
it automatically. (The actual upgrade is effected
the next time the user starts the software.)
- Public drills. (Registration required for sending,
not required for receiving)
The MTC software allows users
to share their own drills with all other MTC users,
and to receive any drills created by others.
See the Public Drills menu in the program's main
page for more details.
- Web links. (Registration not required)
Various courses, tutorials, and
help pages throughout the program include links
to web pages. For example, the login page includes
web links to micrologus.com where users can
create a new account or recover a forgotten password.
Web links are opened with the default browser.
In addition to the various free components
absolute time trainer,
scale pattern trainer, etc.)
the Musician Training Center software
contains several premium advanced
training courses which can be purchased
- Courses can be purchased online
at MTC's order page
- Purchased courses must
be registered to an MTC account using
the Control Panel > Premium modules
page in the program.
- After registration, clicking on [Sync]
will automatically download and install the
latest version of all the owned courses and
modules on the computer.
- Users can install MTC on all the computers
they use, login into MTC with their account,
and click on [Sync] to have all their
premium modules and personal training data
up to date.
- All future upgrades of registered premium
modules are free, for ever.
If you require additional information
about the software please contact