the Clave is a clave pattern metronome/click track app with five selectable clave patterns: Son, Rumba, two different Afro (6/8) styles and Bossa Nova.

The current pattern is shown on-screen in traditional notation, with each beat highlighted as it is played.

Patterns can be switched between 3:2 (forward) and 2:3 (reverse) clave.

Tempo is variable from 40 to 200 beats per minute (in cut time), and the timing is rock-solid: accurate to the nearest sample (22 microseconds).

Drag the tempo button up or down to choose a tempo in BPM.

Tap the tempo button in time with the beat to set a tempo rhythmically.

Playback continues in the background, so you can lock your screen and keep on playing.

You can alter the sound, there are high and low pitches and a volume boost option.

It's a useful practice aid, whether you are beginning to play Latin American music, or an experienced sonero. It can also be used to help inject new vibrance into other styles of music - for example, try playing a jig with the Afro (6/8) clave playing!

What’s New

Version 3.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

- Tap and hold the tempo for just over a second and you can type a tempo in. No more frustrating fine-scrolling to get exact tempos.
- Swipe left and right on the pattern notation to change patterns
- Updated 3rd Party Libraries for iOS 9 support

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

TLOBongo ,

Clave App an Excellent Tool, whose time has come!

Practice can now be even more involved with the clave app! Fantastic tool enabling the musician to do so much more with internalizing the clave while also revolving rhythmic synergistic patterns around the clave. Can also serve as the time keeper to your Bembe or Descarga ensemble! Get it and explore it for yourself!

Vibe Caliente ,

I Live this app, but...

I love this app and wish I could give it five stars. But I recently started noticing the battery on my iPhone 8 draining much more quickly than usual. When checking battery usage in settings I discovered that the Clave app was for some reason using 51% of my battery! I only used it 15 or 20 minutes at a time for a couple of days. Something appears to be running in the background that’s causing a problem. I wanted to contact the developer before writing this review but could not find any way to do that, in part because his website seems to have disappeared.

Marv III ,

Battery Hog

While I like the function of this app - it plays the basic claves and their configuration at any tempo - the app uses most of my iphone and ipad power I think while running in the background. So far, I haven’t found any fixes for this. The first day I ran through most of my battery in12 hours. The Clave was by far the main culprit although it had only been in use for a few minutes.

App Privacy

The developer, Drew Milloy, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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