Problem retrieving voice memos
I found a couple of 3rd party apps and the demo of iExplore did the job. Accessibility wasn't perfect but it's worth a look if you like the idea of complete access to your device. It couldn't seem to load the Recordings folder from the iPhone but I was able to get the file from the iTunes backup. I then opened the file in iTunes and created an MP3 version.
I found another one called Syncios which is free but I did not try it.
I would still be interested in your best solutions for live recording. That was way too much trouble and though I made something listenable out of it with the help of GoldWave I'm sure there is a better way.