Got it! Thanks for explaining!
Multi means “more than one”, so making single bars behave as multi-bar rests is unintuitive, even if it is a convention.
I’d like to see a way to turn it off other than completely disabling consolidation; I can imagine situations where I’d want to single bars not considered multirests, but two or more bars considered as such. The idea that “consolidating” applies to a single bar is also unintuitive.
Is there a setting where you can specify how many empty bars you must have before a multirest is used? I thought I saw that a while back, but couldn’t find it. Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking.