I've been learning about digital signal processing for some time, and I understand the principles in the digital world, as well as the conversion of continuous filters in the s-domain to digital filters in the z-domain.
I'd love to learn more about the process of designing analog filters and converting this into circuits that I can try and test. Since I cannot brag about my knowledge in electronics, with the exception of a little experience dabbling with Arduino projects, I don't see how an equation in the s-domain can be translated to a circuit. From what little I have found, most sources go the other way, taking a circuit and analysing it in the s-domain, and the equations that are given usually aren't explained how they came about. This makes it somewhat hard to understand the relationship between the math and circuits. As far as I understand, the sources generally have equations readily available for simple circuits, and rely mostly on theory of parallel and serial filters to derive larger circuits — is this correct? If so, is this the be all end all method of creating larger circuits, or what is the "correct" approach?
My goal with this is to 1) gain a better understanding of designing analog filters, and 2) take my own filters and make circuits for say guitar pedals and similar applications.
To be honest, I'd love to take any shortcut methods (minimal reading, maximum hands-on and results for motivation), such that I can get some circuits going right away, and then later take a deeper learning approach later on. Similarly, any "catches" or "gotya's" that I need to know about circuits, such that I don't end up blowing myself up, would be nice to know about ahead of time.
What is your recommended learning route to get started as fast as possible? Do you have any recommended material (articles, books, videos, etc.) for a speedy start?