I'm hearing the hitting of the pick on the strings way too prominently methinks. What would be the main cause of this and how do I fix or make it less noticeable. I'm using a digitech multi-effects pedal a Peavey Bandit 112 and my craptacular Epiphone Les Paul Special II.
You have to change your picking style, or move away from the mic when you're recording.
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Turn the gain down or get an EQ pedal.
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Turn down the treble and tone on your guitar, that should do the trick.

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get a noise gate? or enable it on your digitech pedal?

That's not what a noise gate does at all; noise gates reduce hum from pickups and noise from other effects, they're used to reduce feedback.
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The only noise I can think of is the edge of the pick scraping the grooves on the strings. IF that is the case, then you can pick more perpendicular to the strings... picking at an angle will scrape the edge along the strings and get a zipper sound right before every note, at least on the wound strings.
Does your pedal have compression/sustain? Might try turning that down as well.
upgrading to heavier gauge strings may work, or if the battery in your pedal is weak, replace the battery, if a battery's low on power in a pedal, the quality of sound sort of diminishes and heavy distortion could become a bit more "twangy"
When I'm using a ton of gain and a low amp volume (bedroom volume) I notice the same thing. I can hear my notes being picked, particularly on the higher strings. With the volume on the amp turned up it disappears. Maybe this is it?
I use a Fender Heavy when I pick and I can hear the pick hitting too so is it really the heaviness of the pick or something entirely different?
Too much treble results in a really hard pick attack, particularly with high pickup adjustment...

There are also several factors in your picking technique that could cause issues:

1- Where you pick: the closer to the bridge the more treble and pick attack you'll get. Strumming/picking closer to the 12th fret gives you the least, it starts to go back up if you move further down the neck from there. Find a balance somewhere of course... Maybe over the neck pickup or something.

2- The angle at which you hold the pick: The pick's angle in relation to the strings makes a big difference as to how it deflects or 'attacks' the strings. Try angling the pick so the strings 'roll' of it easier. This doesn't help when you're playing at extremely high speeds (don't have time to really adjust the album), but otherwise it can really change the sound.

3- How hard you pick: obviously bashing the strings like your the next Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) is going to generate a good deal of pick noise.

Oh... There's a few hardware factors as well:

1- Strings: Heavier gauge stings mellow out pick attack more unless it's particularly brutal...
2- Picks: The pick itself can make a huge difference. The harder and thinner the pick, the more attack; thicker (.8mm and larger) picks tend to reduce the attack greatly.

Hope this helps.
I encountered this problem back when I started playing gigs, as I never really practiced with loud volume or major gain. What I did was turn up the mids a little, and I got a different pick. A harder pick. I used to use a planet waves medium, and loved it. Now, though, I've been using a ukulele pick for nearly 20 years.
Could be your pick I hit strings pretty hard. But it doesnt come thru on the amp. I use a 1 mm fender.