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Welcome to the CAMIL wiki! If you need help, contact the assistant administrator.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: With the assistance of Technology Services at FAA, all workstations in both labs are now configured for login via Active Directory credentials. Instead of using your CAMIL account username and password, use your NetID and Active Directory (UIUC e-mail, usually) password to login. Also, OSX "Guest Accounts" are no longer in use in CAMIL. All users must have a University of Illinois NetID in order to login to the machines. If you do not have a NetID, information about obtaining a short or long-term Guest NetID is here.

When you login, a local account is created for you (if it does not already exist) on that specific workstation. There will be a README file on your desktop. Open and read this file for instructions on connecting to the CAMIL file server to access files from your old CAMIL account. You may wish to move all of your important files from your CAMIL account to your new local account. Local user account data from all CAMIL workstations are backed up nightly, but you are also encouraged to keep your own additional copies of any important files.

Contact the assistant administrator if you have any questions about, or problems with, this new setup.


CAMIL (Computer Assisted Music Instruction Laboratory) is located at the School of Music at the University of Illinois. It consists of two independent, multi-disciplinary computer labs. CAMIL I is a special-purpose lab supporting computer music classes and independent research projects in software sound synthesis, computer-based composition and interactive performance control. It is only accessible to students and faculty with an activated i-Card or a room key. CAMIL II is a general-purpose lab supporting technology-related classes. It is open to all Illinois students, faculty and staff on a walk-in basis during open hours.

Faculty may request use of either CAMIL lab for a lecture, class or special event by contacting the assistant administrator.


Room Schedules


Illinois Software

Commercial Software

Open Source Software


  • Recording — CAMIL I has recording equipment available for checkout. An 8-channel phantom-powered audio interface is built-in to the rack, with a breakout box that allows easy multichannel access to the center of the room. See the Recording page for more information.
  • New Domain Name — We have transitioned to, and is no longer active.
  • Computers — As of August 2016, there are 35 client iMacs. All machines in CAMIL I are running OSX 10.11 El Capitan, and those in CAMIL II are running OSX 10.10 Yosemite. The machines in CAMIL I and the CAMIL file/web servers are owned by the School of Music. The machines in CAMIL II are owned by FAA. When new machines are purchased for the labs, the displaced machines are then given to staff and faculty within the School of Music.
  • Audio Renovation — As of August 2012, a complete audio overhaul was done in CAMIL I aimed at increasing access and quality of audio in the room. All audio is now digital and is mixed without the use of a patching console. As of January 2016, audio from all workstations in both labs is routed to the room speakers via software using a Dante network.
  • Networking — As of Fall 2015, 1GB ethernet is available at all lab workstations. Wireless internet service is also available in both labs.
  • Lab Construction — The CAMIL labs were designed from the ground up to specifically support School of Music instruction and music-related activities. They are comfortable, well-lit, acoustically neutral workspaces furnished with the highest quality materials, furniture and equipment.
  • Web and File Servers — As of November 2015, the web and file server have been separated in order to improve security. The web server remains at The new file server runs on OSX 10.10.5 Yosemite, and provides file storage for about 200 CAMIL users. User data is stored in a 4TB RAID 1 array. The new file server may be accessed via AFP/SMB from an on-campus IP or using the UIUC VPN.
  • Backup — Incremental backup of CAMIL accounts on the new file server, and of local accounts on the clients, occurs nightly.
  • Access and Security — CAMIL I and II have specially designed acoustic doors. The door to CAMIL I is locked at all times; the door to CAMIL II is unlocked during open lab times and locked otherwise. When the doors are locked, access to CAMIL I is only possible using room keys or specially activated i-Cards. The card reader in the door handle automatically logs the card number, and time of day that the door is opened. Additionally, CAMIL II is protected by a motion sensor and CAMIL I by a monitored fiber-optical cable.


Academic Responsibilities



  • M.O. Abbott - Lab Teaching Assistant Administrator (help)
  • Prof. Heinrich Taube - Lab Director