Plaster provides a simple user interface for editing your podcast’s xml feed data, converting your audio to mp3, and uploading everything to a web server. If you are looking for the easiest way to get your podcast online, Plaster probably isn’t for you. There are some great sites offering complete solutions for podcast hosting including Libsyn, SoundCloud, PodBean, and Buzzsprout.
However, if you are comfortable with web hosting, want to use your own domain for your podcast’s url, or just enjoy tinkering, Plaster might make your life a little easier. Some advantages to self-hosting your podcast as static files include:
Plaster syncs with your static web host via the most common protocols: SFTP (SCP) and S3. More protocols are coming soon. There are too many companies offering static web site hosting to list them all, but some popular/recommended ones are:
By default, Plaster normalizes all podcast episodes to a loudness level of -18 LUFS when it encodes them to mp3.
The AES has recommended podcasts normalize their loudness levels to between -20 and -16 LUFS. Many of the most prominent NPR podcasts have already standardized on -18 LUFS.
Plaster makes it easy for your podcasts to be published at a consistent loudness level that won't make your listeners reach for the volume knob when they change feeds.
Plaster is released under an Apache 2.0 license. It will always be free (as in speech). The source code is hosted on github.
Contributions are welcome! If you are using Plaster, and find a bug with it, please create an issue for it. If you would like to contribute to the codebase, please create a pull request. If you have no idea what github is, please reach out via email - I would love to hear from you.
Plaster is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux. Please select the appropriate download link below: