Staff started his music career as studio assistant at Trident Studios in 1970. In 1986 he then moved to mastering at The Exchange then subsequently to Sony Music Studios, London in 1994, followed by a move to Alchemy Soho (all in London, UK). Between 2010 and 2018, Ray Staff ran Air Mastering in London, UK, part of the Air Studios complex. Since 2018 he is no longer emploed by Air Studios but will work on selected projects only.
Mastering Engineer of the Year 2009 at the Music Producers' Guild Awards.