Ralph Mace studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Early in his career he was on the music staff of the English Royal Ballet Company and conducted for them in Japan when they visited Tokyo and Osaka in 1961 and were the first ballet company to perform in the newly opened Ueno Festival Hall.

Since 1970 he has worked in the record industry. He played Moog synthesizer on the early David Bowie "The Man Who Sold the World" album and produced three albums for Brazilian superstars Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, when they were living as political exiles in London in the early 1970s.

He has produced more than 150 albums working with many great classical artists including James Galway, Isao Tomita, Henry Mancini, Cathy Berberian, Vladimir Spivakov, Kazuhito Yamashita, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Cleo Laine and Evelyn Glennie.

In addition to his musical activities, he has written a biography of the 19th century English barefist-fighter, Jem Mace.