I'm trying to get that really smooth Necrophagist lead tone, unfortunately I don't play nearly as smooth as Muhammed. Does anybody have any tips on how to improve my tone to get closer to his tone, and how I can remove the pick sounds from my recording?

Right now I'm recording everything clean and then adding LePou's LeCto plugin for the distortion tone along with a catharsis cab impulse, let me know what you think of my sound.